U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry offers assurances to Gulf Arab states who are concerned that Iran will gain from any agreement to end its nuclear ambitions. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
--QUALITY AS INCOMING -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry offers his assurances to Gulf Arab states that a potential nuclear deal with Tehran would not pose a threat to their interests. Saudi Arabia regards Iran as its main regional rival and the two countries back opposing sides in wars, and political struggles across the region, often along sectarian lines. (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYING: "Even as we engage with these discussions with Iran around its nuclear program, we will not take our eye off of Iran's other destabilizing actions in places like Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and the Arabian peninsula, Yemen particularly. And whether or not we are able to reach a deal on the nuclear program, the United States will remain fully committed to addressing the full slate of issues that we have with Iran, including its support for terrorism." Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia late Wednesday after meetings in Switzerland with his Iranian counterpart where he said he had made progress in ongoing nuclear talks. Saudi Arabia and its allies worry that a nuclear accord will not stop Iran from gaining the bomb. They are also concerned it would ease international pressure on Tehran and give it more room to intervene in regional issues.