By Viola Gienger

May 6 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. has abandoned calls for “regime change” in Iran under President Barack Obama and expects a response to its diplomatic outreach, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry said.

“That is not the current policy of this new administration, and it is important for Iran to understand that,” Kerry said during a panel hearing in Washington today. “Just as we abandon calls for regime change in Tehran and recognize the legitimate Iranian role in the region, Iran’s leaders need to moderate their behavior.”

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