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Iran offers to help defeat ISIS — if the U.S. lifts nuclear sanctions

Iran says it will help the U.S. and its allies fight the Sunni militants who have swept across Iraq — but only in exchange for the removal of crippling sanctions aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

"If we agree to do something in Iraq, the other side of the negotiations should do something in return," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, according to the IRNA news agency.

"All the sanctions that are related to Iran's nuclear program should be lifted," he added.

The sanctions are at the heart of ongoing multilateral negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. After the talks missed the original July 20 completion deadline, they've limped forward with little progress.

Back in June, Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. was open to working with Iran to some degree, though he ruled out military cooperation.