Kerry disappointed with recent talks with Iran

Associated Press
Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 18, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to examine national security and foreign policy priorities in the fiscal 2014 international affairs budget.  (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
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Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 18, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to examine national security and foreign policy priorities in the fiscal 2014 international affairs budget. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says the failure of recent negotiations between six world powers and Iran over its disputed nuclear program was disappointing, but he called for patience with upcoming elections in Tehran.

Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday he is not expecting "anything dramatic" to happen over the next two months prior to the elections with a power struggle in Iran.

Members of Congress, including committee Chairman Bob Menendez of New Jersey, have pushed hard for tough sanctions on Iran. Kerry urged caution and said the State Department would prefer to work with lawmakers on the timing of any additional steps.

Kerry, the former Massachusetts senator, was testifying for the first time since his confirmation before the panel that he once chaired.

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