Sen. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryBreitbart editor: Biden's son inked deal with Chinese government days after vice president’s trip State lawmakers pushing for carbon taxes aimed at the poor How America reached a 'What do you expect us to do' foreign policy MORE (D-Mass.) says leaders in the Middle East and South Asia have told him they want the U.S. to engage Iran diplomatically.

"Every person I've talked to in the region recently -- and particularly when I was just in Afghanistan and Pakistan -- thinks we ought to be dealing with Iran," Kerry told reporters today in a conference call. In February Kerry traveled to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Turkey with Sen. Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelIntel chief: Federal debt poses 'dire threat' to national security Hagel: Trump is 'an embarrassment' Tax cut complete, hawks push for military increase MORE (R-Neb.).

"We need to negotiate; we need to be engaged with Iran. Not give up any principles, but at least engage in a way that allows us to use Russia and China and the Europeans and others to hopefully find a different path here," Kerry said.

The conference call focused on the upcoming testimony of Gen. David Petraeus and Amb. Ryan Crocker; the two will appear before Congress tomorrow and Wednesday to report to lawmakers on Iraq.