Kerry tackles questions on Iran and Syria

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., sits before the committee he has served on for 28 years and led for the past four as he seeks confirmation as U.S. secretary of state, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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President Barack Obama’s nominee for secretary of state testified at his confirmation hearing that the United States must get its fiscal house in order to lead in the world while also discussing Iran, Syria and other issues.

The current secretary, Hillary Rodham Clinton, introduced Kerry, calling him “the right choice”.

Kerry said U.S. foreign policy should not be defined only by its military strength.

Faced with Iran’s nuclear program, Kerry said the United States will do what it must to prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, but he also signaled that diplomacy remains a viable option.

In an unexpected exchange, Kerry found himself defending Obama’s pick of Hagel — a Republican — to be the next defense secretary against Republican criticism.

Kerry said there was a moment where Syria reached out to the West but that the moment has long passed.

When Joe Biden became vice president, Kerry replaced the former Delaware senator as chairman of the committee

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