World

Kerry says he hopes Iran nuclear deal could be 'a positive influence' on North Korea

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attends a joint press conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi following their meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing Saturday, May 16, 2015. Kerry is in China to press Beijing to halt increasingly assertive actions it is taking in the South China Sea that have alarmed the United States and China's smaller neighbors. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attends a joint press conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi following their meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing Saturday, May 16, 2015. Kerry is in China to press Beijing to halt increasingly assertive actions it is taking in the South China Sea that have alarmed the United States and China's smaller neighbors. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a joint press conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi following their meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing Saturday, May 16, 2015. Kerry is in China to press Beijing to halt increasingly assertive actions it is taking in the South China Sea that have alarmed the United States and China's smaller neighbors. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a joint press conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi following their meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing Saturday, May 16, 2015. Kerry is in China to press Beijing to halt increasingly assertive actions it is taking in the South China Sea that have alarmed the United States and China's smaller neighbors. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he's hopeful that the successful conclusion of a nuclear deal with Iran will send a positive message to North Korea to restart negotiations on its own atomic program.

Speaking in Beijing on Saturday, Kerry said he believed an Iran agreement could have "a positive influence" on North Korea, because it would show that giving up nuclear weapons improves domestic economies and ends isolation. He stressed, though, there was no way to tell if North Korea's reclusive leadership would be able to "internalize" such a message.

International negotiators are rushing to finalize a nuclear deal with Iran by the end of June. Nuclear talks with North Korea have been stalled for three years as the North has continued atomic tests and other belligerent behavior.