US Secretary of State John Kerry says no link between Iran talks and other Middle East issues on sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing. Gavino Garay reports.
On the sidelines of the APEC summit in Beijing, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says there is no link between talks on Iran's nuclear program and other issues in the Middle East. (SOUNDBITE) (English) US SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY, SAYING: "There is no linkage whatsoever of the nuclear discussions with any other issue, and I want to make that absolutely clear." The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. President Barack Obama sent a letter to Iran's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamanei, describing their shared interests regarding Islamic State. Kerry offers no comments on the report.. (SOUNDBITE) (English) US SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY, SAYING: "No one to my knowledge has confirmed or denied whether or not there is a letter or was a letter, and I'm not going to comment on what a president of the United States and the leader of another country may or may not communicate, may or may not communicate, privately." Washington has already rejected a bid by Tehran to take part in the battle against Islamic State militants in exchange for flexibility on its nuclear program. These latest remarks come as the U.S. continues its fight against Islamic State militants in a battle with no end in sight.