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Kerry: 'We Have the Security We Need for Our Embassy'

Won't Rule Out Working With Iran.

1:22 PM, Jun 16, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
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In an interview with Yahoo's Katie Couric, Secretary of State John Kerry says "we have the security we need for our Embassy" in Iraq. This comes just as some Americans are leaving the embassy. 

Kerry seemed to acknowledge that fact. "So we think it is advisable to reduce those numbers, but we’re not doing so with respect to our diplomatic presence or our ability to be able to interact with the Government of Iraq."

But Kerry insisted the embassy is secure. "We’re really quite convinced that we have a security situation that will protect the interests of the United States and our citizens," he said.

Kerry also said he wouldn't rule out working with Iran:

QUESTION: Can you see cooperating with Iran militarily?

SECRETARY KERRY: I – at this moment, I think we need to go step by step and see what, in fact, might be a reality, but I wouldn’t rule out anything that would be constructive to providing real stability, a respect for the constitution, a respect for the election process, and a respect for the ability of the Iraqi people to form a government that represents all of the interests of Iraq, not one sectarian group over another. It has to be inclusive, and that has been one of the great problems of the last few years.

QUESTION: If Iran recognizes that, would you be willing to work with that country?

SECRETARY KERRY: Let’s see what Iran might or might not be willing to do before we start making any pronouncements. I think we are open to any constructive process here that could minimize the violence, hold Iraq together, the integrity of the country, and eliminate the presence of outside terrorist forces that are ripping it apart.

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