Kerry: 'Hard Choices,' or US Will Walk on Iran Talks

Cites 'genuine progress,' but says there's distance on key issues
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 5, 2015 10:50 AM CDT
Kerry: 'Hard Choices,' or US Will Walk on Iran Talks
John Kerry speaks to media in front of Palais Coburg where closed-door nuclear talks with Iran are taking place in Vienna, Austria, Sunday, July 5, 2015.   (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Secretary of State John Kerry says negotiations with Iran could go either way—cutting off any potential path for an Iranian nuclear bomb or ending without agreement. Speaking in Vienna on the ninth day of the nuclear talks, Kerry said today that disagreements remain and both sides aren't "where we need to be on several of the most difficult issues," per the BBC, but that "genuine progress" had been made in recent days. "If hard choices get made in the next couple of days and made quickly, we could get an agreement this week," Kerry said.

"If we don't have a deal and there is absolute intransigence and unwillingness to move on the things that are important," the US is prepared to walk, says Kerry; he added that no one wants that scenario, but Washington won't "shave at margins" to clinch an insufficient package. Kerry said yesterday he wanted to tamp down speculation; the latest deadline is Tuesday. (More John Kerry stories.)

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