U.S., Iran keen on cooperation vs. Iraq insurgency

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Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The U.S. and Iran are considering political cooperation in ending the violence in Iraq and discuss it on the side of the next round of negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program in Austria on Wednesday.

Kerry said Monday the Obama administration is open to any constructive process that would reduce violence in Iraq, where the Sunni militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have taken over two major cities and reportedly executed captured Shiite soldiers and pro-government militias the past few days.

In Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said he is open to cooperation with the U.S. to help Iraq if requested.

Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, who will lead U.S. negotiators in the nuclear talks between Iran and the G5+1 in Vienna, may raise the issue during the negotiations, according to Department of State spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

The G5 + 1, which includes the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, and Iran are negotiating a final deal before the July 20 deadline to do so. Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is leading the Iranian delegation to the talks.

In November 2013, both sides reached and signed an interim nuclear deal in the Geneva, Switzerland. The deal that came into force on Jan. 20 saw Iran cutting back on parts of its nuclear program and the six world powers reducing economic sanctions on Iran. Iran agreed not to install new centrifuges used to enrich uranium while the U.S. and the European Union agreed to suspend sanctions on gold and precious metals, Iran’s auto sector and Iran’s petrochemical exports.

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