At the U.N. Thursday, Iran's new president called on Israel to sign-off on an international treaty banning the spread of nuclear weapons.
President Hassan Rouhani Thursday delivered the strong and direct message during a high-level, U.N. session on nuclear disarmament.
"No nation should possess nuclear weapons; since there are no right hands for these wrong weapons," Rouhani said through an interpreter.
Iran has faced severe economic sanctions for years from world powers concerned by the country's suspected stockpile of enriched uranium and the potential it could be used to create nuclear warheads.
Like his predecessors, Rouhani has said that his country needs the enriched uranium for reactor fuel and medical purposes.
Earlier this week Rouhani said he's prepared to engage in -quote- "time-bound and results oriented" talks to resolve questions about Iran's nuclear program.
To that end, Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting Thursday with Iran's Foreign Minister Muhammed Zarif.
Zarif accepted an invitation to join the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany, to discuss the issue.
"We aren't expecting any break-through in this initial meeting but this is part of us testing the seriousness of the Iranians," said White House spokesman Jay Carney.
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