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U.S. sounds out Iran on joint Iraq effort

Posted: June 17, 2014 at 3:22 a.m.

Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the Our Ocean conference Monday at the State Department in Washington. President Barack Obama’s administration is willing to talk with Iran about deteriorating security conditions in Iraq and is not ruling out potential U.S.-Iranian cooperation in stemming the advance of Sunni extremists, Kerry said Monday.

A senior U.S. diplomat met with his Iranian counterpart in Vienna on Monday to explore whether the United States and Iran could work together to create a stabler Iraqi government and ease the threat from Sunni militants.

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