ABC Pool - AP Clients Only

Geneva, Switzerland - November 8, 2013

1. SOUNDBITE (English) John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State:

"Good afternoon, everybody. It's great to be here. The P5 is doing some very important work right now, and I'm delighted to be here at the invitation of Cathy Ashton to try to work with our colleagues to see if we can narrow some differences. I want to emphasize there are still some very important issues on the table that are unresolved. It is important for those to be properly, thoroughly addressed. I want to emphasize there is not an agreement at this point in time, but the P5 is working hard, and I look forward to the meetings that I'll be having very shortly with Lady Cathy Ashton and with my fellow ministers in the P5, and then also I will be meeting with Minister Zarif. We hope to try to narrow those differences, but I don't think anybody should mistake that there are some important gaps that have to be closed. So thank you very much. Appreciate it. Thank you."


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that there is no nuclear deal yet with Iran, but he's hoping to narrow gaps during negotiations.

Kerry is in Geneva for talks aimed at putting limits on Iran's ability to make nuclear weapons.

He said that important issues remain unresolved.

Kerry has suggested Washington wants Iran to commit to stop expanding activities that could lead to making weapons.

In return, Tehran likely will insist on relief from sanctions that have stifled its economy.

The diplomatic talks include France, Britain, Germany and the U.S.