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John Kirby: No U.S.-Iran Military Cooperation to Fight Iraqi Insurgents

Saudi National Guard military paradeJohn Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said Monday the U.S. has no plans to consult with Iran on potential military cooperation between the two nations to stop insurgency in Iraq, Agence France-Presse reported Monday.

“There is absolutely no intention, no plan to coordinate military activities between the United States and Iran,” Kirby told reporters Monday, according to AFP.

He added that the U.S. government has advised Iran and neighboring countries to engage in a constructive dialogue regarding the Iraq crisis.

AFP reports that U.S. and Iranian representatives may discuss Iraq’s security issue during this week’s meeting about Iran’s nuclear development program in Vienna.

“It’s possible on the sideline of those discussions, there could be discussions surrounding the situation in Iraq,” Kirby told reporters.

Offensive actions by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have alarmed both U.S. and Iranian governments, according to AFP.

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