US ‘Open’ to Talks with Iran Regarding Iraq Crisis
(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. is "open" to further talks with Iran on the ongoing crisis involving the militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in Iraq.
U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki confirmed on Tuesday that the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns met with Iranian counterparts in Vienna on Monday and that further talks are possible. However, Psaki said, future talks would likely take place at a level below the deputy secretary.
"We're open to continuing our engagement with the Iranians just as we are engaging with other regional players," said Psaki.
The U.S., the State Department says, is serious about potentially working with the Iranian government on the Iraq crisis, and that discussions would not occur if they were not serious. Still, she warned observers not to read too deeply into the meeting between Burns and Iranian officials.
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