Iran will be judged by its actions
The United States will not take Iran at its word over pledges of openness on a believed nuclear weapons programme, Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday, after Israel threatened to act against Tehran.
The top US diplomat said the new mood of co-operation that was on display around the United Nations General Assembly in New York had to be backed up by quantifiable deeds.
"I assure (Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu and the people of Israel that nothing that we do is going to be based on trust," Kerry told reporters in Tokyo.
"This is going to be based on a series of steps to guarantee to all of us that we have certainty on what's happening."
Kerry, in Tokyo for talks on the US-Japan security alliance, was speaking after Netanyahu told a UN summit Israel was ready to go it alone to stop Iran from making a atomic bomb.
Kerry moved to reassure Israel, saying no-one in the US administration would be won over solely by the change in tone since Iran's new leader came to power, a period that has been marked by a huge upswing in diplomacy from the pariah state.
"We're going to look very, very carefully at this. We hope it could work because we think the world will be better off, the Middle East will be better off, Iran will be better off, Israel will be better off, if there is a way to achieve a verified, certainty to the elimination of a nuclear programme for weapons purposes in Iran," Kerry said.
"The test we face now over these next weeks and months, not a long period of time, over a short period of time, is to determine whether or not that is in fact what Iran intends."