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John Kerry keen to be US' top diplomat: report

John Kerry, who suffered defeat at the hands of President George Bush in last US elections, now harbours aspiration to become Secretary of State if presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama wins the race to the White House in November.

world Updated: Jun 16, 2008 11:09 IST

John Kerry, who suffered defeat at the hands of President George Bush in last US elections, now harbours aspiration to become Secretary of State if presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama wins the race to the White House in November.

Kerry, who is the third ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, is keen to be nation's top diplomat but does not eye the bigger prize of vice presidency, Newsweek yesterday quoted an unidentified source close to him as saying.

That could also well be the case for Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd, the committee's second-ranking Democrat and for Senator Joseph Biden, the committee's chairman, who is frequently mentioned by Democratic insiders as a potential Secretary of State though both might give the VP post their first priority, the report said.

Kerry is a decorated Vietnam War veteran, but because his Senate experience is in foreign relations rather than military affairs, he's more intrigued by the State Department than the Pentagon, Newsweek said quoting the source. He also speaks fluent French.

Dodd, meanwhile, has recently been showcasing his expertise on Latin America. At an April conference at the US Naval Academy, he laid out a blueprint for a "new relationship" between the United States and the region, the report noted.

Dodd's plan would include efforts to "dramatically improve" relations with Raul Castro's Cuba by lifting a US trade embargo and travel ban.