(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. doesn't plan on taking Iran's word that its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes. Tehran has been saying that for years and there's been no change in its claim even with a new and more seemingly moderate president at the helm. As the U.S. and its allies move closer to possible resumption of talks with Iran, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that Israel doesn't have to worry that the Obama administration will be fooled by the apparent softening of tones from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a stirring rebuke of Rouhani's overtures, charging the Iranian leader with being "a wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community."
Kerry has gone out of his way to assure Netanyahu that if Iran says its nuclear ambitions are peaceful, Washington will only negotiate with Tehran if there's stone cold proof of their claim.
The secretary of state added, "A country that generally wants to have a peaceful program does not have difficulty proving that it’s peaceful."
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