Pentagon says no plan to co-ordinate military action with Iran inside Iraq

Lolita C. Baldor / The Associated Press
June 16, 2014 09:36 AM

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says it has no plans to co-ordinate with Iran on possible military action in Iraq.

The Pentagon's press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, told reporters Monday that while there may be discussions between U.S. and Iranian officials in Vienna about security in the region, it will not include any military co-ordination.

Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview with Yahoo! News that Washington is "open to discussions" with Tehran if the Iranians can help end the violence and restore confidence in the Iraqi government and would not rule out military co-operation. Kirby said this does not mean the U.S. is planning to engage with Iraq on military activities inside Iraq.

Kerry also said that U.S. drone strikes "may well" be an option.

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