WASHINGTON, June 13 (Xinhua) -- The United States is not talking to Iran about the situation in Iraq, the White House said on Friday.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest told a press briefing that U. S. and Iranian officials who met in Europe this week focused their talks on Tehran's nuclear programs.
Earnest added that he had seen reports that Iran is concerned about the situation in Iraq and "may be involved in terms of trying to combat" the insurgents.
Islamic insurgents seized Iraq's second largest city of Mosul, the capital of the Nineveh Province, on Tuesday following days of fighting against government forces and are heading for capital Baghdad. Iran has urged the international community to support the Iraqi government in the campaign against "terrorism."
At Friday's press briefing of the State Department, spokeswoman Marie Harf urged Iraq's neighbors not to further destabilize the situation in the country.
"All of Iraq's neighbors, including the Iranians, need to not do things to destabilize the situation even further, to not try to promote any sectarian tensions," Harf said.
Harf agreed that Washington and Tehran have a "shared interest" in the situation in Iraq, but declined to provide any explanation why they are not talking about Iraq now.
She added that U.S. and Iranian officials will focus on the nuclear issue when the new round of negotiations on Tehran's nuclear program starts next week in Vienna.