07/22/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Richard Lugar: US Should Sit Down With Iranian Government Regardless Of Post-Election Turmoil (VIDEO)


WASHINGTON (AP) - A top Republican senator says the United States should still sit down with Iran, despite postelection turmoil in Tehran.

Sen. Richard Lugar says the U.S. has a goal of containing Iran's nuclear ambition. He says the two countries should meet even though there are protests in Tehran over this month's presidential vote.

Lugar, R-Ind., says President Barack Obama or Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton should be ready to meet with their Iranian counterparts.

Lugar spoke to CNN's "State of the Union."