Kerry: 'No linkage whatsoever' between Iran nuclear deal and shared fight against IS militants

November 8, 2014 7:30 AM

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Kerry: 'No linkage whatsoever' between Iran nuclear deal and shared fight against IS militants

BEIJING – The top U.S. diplomat described "real gaps" Saturday in waning negotiations to limit Iran's nuclear program, but steadfastly denied that any deal struck would also bring a promise of stronger cooperation between Washington and Tehran on fighting Islamic militants.

Despite the urgency to end years of negotiations by a looming Nov. 24 deadline, Secretary of State John Kerry said that there was no linkage between the nuclear talks and even an indirect U.S.-Iran partnership to combat the Islamic State group that has ravaged much of Iraq and Syria.

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