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Watch full Al Arabiya interview with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday said recent anti-U.S. remarks from Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei were “disturbing,” adding that the United States was “not kidding about the importance of pushing back against extremism.”


In an interview with Al Arabiya News Channel’s Nadia Bilbassy-Charters, Kerry discussed Khamenei’s speech, made four days after Iran and world powers signed an accord designed to thwart Tehran’s nuclear program.

Kerry also discussed the likelihood of Iran sticking to the terms of the nuclear deal as well as concerns from Gulf allies.

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