John Kerry says his sister used to teach in Iran before Islamic Revolution

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The US Secretary of State John Kerry has said he was already exposed to Iranian culture through his sister who used to live and teach in Iran before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, IRNA reported.

Speaking to VOA, Kerry also admired his son-in-law who is of Iranian origin.

This is the first time ever the US state secretary publicly talks about Iranian origin of his son-in-law and his sister's experience in Iran.

Kerry expressed hope that Iran and the United States could solve their differences and find a settlement to the dispute over Tehran's nuclear activities.

When asked to comment about a Fatwa issued by Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei banning the production and use of nuclear weapons, Kerry said he shows a lot of respect for this Fatwa as it is a religious message and is highly respected by people.

Kerry said that he and the US President Barack Obama welcome such a Fatwa.

He said that Iran is entitled to pursue its nuclear program for peaceful purposes, but he went on to say that such a program needs to be transparent and under international regulations as it is normal for nuclear programs of other countries.

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