Kerry: Foreign Leaders Want U.S.-Iran Diplomacy

Sen. John Kerry (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 Hagel (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.