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Updated Feb 20, 2014 - 12:01 pm

John McCain: US should consider Taliban negotiations for prisoner

FILE - In this July 27, 2014 file photo, North Korean army soldiers watch the south side while a South Korean and United States Army soldiers stand guard at the border villages of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea. North Korea has threatened on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, to aim fire at the lighting equipment used by American and South Korean troops at a truce village inside the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

PHOENIX — Arizona Sen. John McCain said he is “leaning toward” supporting the United States in negotiating with the Taliban for a prisoner exchange that would bring an American man home.

“I lean toward risking it, depending on the nature of these people they want to release,” he told News/Talk 92.3 KTAR’s Rob & Karie on Wednesday.

The Washington Post reported Monday that the administration is seeking to resume talks with the Taliban, in hopes of exchanging U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for members of the group imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Post cited current and former officials who spoke on condition of anonymity as they outlined parts of a strategy they described as a last-ditch effort.

“I think it has to be considered,” McCain said. “I think part of it has to be who these people are and how dangerous they will be once they are freed.”

When asked if this would be a sign the United States will negotiate with terrorists, McCain said Israel and Pakistan routinely engage in prisoner exchanges, despite the countries viewing the prisoners as terrorists. Neither nation has noticed a large amount of harm coming from the exchange.

While the exchange would clearly be complicated, McCain said there is one fact the U.S. should focus on.

“This young man should be brought home,” he said. “There’s interesting circumstances about his disappearance, but the fact is, he’s an American.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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