Exclusive: U.S., Iran discuss Iraq on sidelines of nuclear talks - sources

WASHINGTON/VIENNA Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:28pm EDT

Members of the Iraqi security forces patrol an area near the borders between Karbala Province and Anbar Province, June 16, 2014. REUTERS/ Mushtaq Muhammed

Members of the Iraqi security forces patrol an area near the borders between Karbala Province and Anbar Province, June 16, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/ Mushtaq Muhammed

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WASHINGTON/VIENNA (Reuters) - U.S. and Iranian officials discussed the crisis in Iraq on the sidelines of separate negotiations about the Iranian nuclear program in Vienna, three sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have routed Baghdad's army and seized the north of the country in the past week, threatening to dismember Iraq and unleash all-out sectarian warfare with no regard for national borders.

U.S. President Barack Obama will review his national security team's suggestions for how to deal with the crisis in Iraq, including possible actions, when he returns to Washington later on Monday, the White House said earlier.

"The disastrous situation in Iraq was discussed today . No specific outcome was achieved," a senior Iranian official told Reuters of the talks on Iraq. "Iran is a great country that can play a key role in restoring stability in Iraq and the region."

"Military cooperation was not discussed and is not an option," the senior Iranian official added. "The final decision will be taken by capitals."

Officials from Iran and six major powers are meeting in Vienna this week to see if they can meet a July 20 deadline to secure a comprehensive agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program in exchange for removing Western sanctions on Tehran.

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed and Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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Comments (7)
AlkalineState wrote:
Use the Iranian nukes…. to nuke Iraq. Win-win.

Jun 16, 2014 6:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Brown54 wrote:
We funded and armed Saddam Hussein to fight Iran.

We funded and armed others to get rid of Saddam Hussein.

We funded and armed the opposition to Saddam Hussein’s tribe (Sunnis).

Now we are funding and arming Iran to re-attack the Saddam Hussein’s tribe (Sunnis).

What is this really about? Who is made the $1.7 Trillion this cost us?

This does not smell right.

Jun 16, 2014 6:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
nigelcairns wrote:
is the enemy of my enemy my friend?
Or can be become buddies just to kill?

Jun 16, 2014 6:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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