|U.S. says not coordinating with Iran on Iraq||
TEHRAN – The United States is not working with Iran to deal with terrorists in Iraq, U.S. State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said on Tuesday.
“We are not working with, we are not coordinating with Iran on any of these efforts,” Psaki told a news briefing.
Asked about Iran’s possible participation in the Geneva II conference on Syria, she said, “Our view has been that… unless Iran endorses, supports, embraces the Geneva communique, we wouldn’t support their attendance. Of course, it’s a decision for the UN to make, and I would point you to them for any more specifics on it.”
Asked if the U.S. acknowledges that Iran does have influence in this situation and that their participation in some way would be important, Psaki said, “We did not say that their participation would be important. We’ve never said that. That’s not what the United States believes.”
“There are steps that Iran could take to indicate to the international community that they want to see a positive outcome,” she said, adding, “Obviously, this will be discussed this weekend with the London 11, with (Russian) Foreign Minister Lavrov, and we’ll proceed from there.”
“Our position has been, continues to be, that unless Iran were to support the communique… in order to be – then we would not – do not think they should be considered for participation… That is different than other players who have been invited and are participating in the Geneva conference or planning to participate.”
Asked if the decision to not include Iran is due to the fact that there are some other regional powers that have a veto on Iran, the spokesperson said, “You are right that there are many in the international community that have strong feelings about whether or not Iran should participate. That certainly is a factor I’m certain the UN is factoring in. However, Iran has still not taken the step that we’ve been saying for months they should take. They’ve not indicated they plan to take the step. So our position remains the same.”
When asked if Washington would you like to see Iran participate if it agrees to the terms of Geneva I, Psaki said, “If they agree to the terms of Geneva I, then we would think… then we would consider it. But obviously, that hasn’t happened. We – there’s no indication it will happen. We’re talking about a conference in two weeks.”
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