Kerry warns Iran over involvement in Yemen

Watch an excerpt of the PBS NewsHour’s interview with Secretary of State John Kerry on Iran’s actions in the region.

A week after negotiating a deal on its nuclear program, Iran has sent naval ships to the Gulf of Aden, ratcheting up tensions with neighboring Yemen. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that the United States wouldn’t “stand by” while the region declines.

“Iran needs to recognize that the United States is not going to stand by while the region is destabilized or while people engage in overt warfare across lines — international boundaries — in other countries,” Kerry told PBS NewsHour co-anchor Judy Woodruff in an interview that airs in full on Wednesday’s broadcast.

“What we’ve made clear to our friends and allies is we can do two things at the same time. We have an ability to understand that an Iran with a nuclear weapon is a greater threat than an Iran without one. And at the same time we have an ability to be able to stand up to interference that is inappropriate or against international law, or contrary to the region’s stability and interest and those of our friends.”

Iran’s ISNA news agency reported that the ships are meant to protect trading vessels from piracy.

Watch the full Kerry interview from Wednesday’s NewsHour: