Secretary of State John Kerry on Shabbos said there is no link between Iran nuclear negotiations and cooperation on fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS.)
Kerry said the nuclear negations stand apart from any other issue. He would also not confirm a reported letter President Obama sent to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
“There is no linkage whatsoever of the nuclear discussions with any other issue, and I want to make that absolutely clear,” Kerry said in Beijing, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
“The nuclear negotiations are on their own, they are standing separate from anything else, and no discussion has ever taken place about linking one thing to another, one involvement with another, that I am aware of,” he added.
Reports surfaced earlier this week that President Obama sent a letter to Iran’s supreme leader last month, in which he allegedly said that cooperation in Iraq and Syria could hinge on Iran coming to a nuclear agreement in negotiations with the United States and five other countries.
The White House has not confirmed or denied the letter. Kerry said he would not comment on any private conversation Obama may or may not have had.
“I will tell you this, though: No conversation, no agreement, no exchange, nothing has created any kind of a deal or agreement with respect to any of the events that are at stake in the Middle East,” he said.
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