U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says there is a role for Iran in tackling Islamic State militants. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday (September 19) that Iran had a role to play in a global coalition to tackle Islamic State militants who have seized swathes of Iraq and Syria and proclaimed a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East. "The coalition required to eliminate ISIL (Islamic State) is not only, or even primarily, military in nature," Kerry told a United Nations Security Council meeting on Iraq. "It must be comprehensive and include close collaboration across multiple lines of effort. It's about taking out an entire network, decimating and discrediting a militant cult masquerading as a religious movement," he said. "There is a role for nearly every country in the world to play, including Iran." The United States, president of the UN Security Council for September, called the meeting on Iraq as it builds an international military, political and financial coalition to defeat the radical Sunni Muslim group. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, this week said he had rejected an offer by Washington for talks on fighting Islamic State. Iran is the principal ally of Islamic State's main foes in both Iraq and Syria. The U.N. Security Council adopted a statement on Thursday urging "the international community, in accordance with international law, to further strengthen and expand support for the government of Iraq as it fights ISIL (Islamic State) and associated armed groups."