Remarks With Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier Before Their Meeting

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Imperial Hotel
Vienna, Austria
November 22, 2014

SECRETARY KERRY: So let me just say to everybody, first of all, I’m delighted to welcome Foreign Minister Steinmeier, appreciate enormously his cooperation and help – Germany’s help – on so many things. And most recently, with respect to Ebola, we’ve been doing a great deal, and we’re grateful for your help on that.

We’ve been, obviously, having difficult talks here – complicated topic. We’re working hard. We hope we’re making careful progress, but we have big gaps. We still have some serious gaps which we’re working to close. The good thing is the P5+1 are united and working in concert, and we’re simply going to not say anything substantive about the discussions while they’re going on. But a lot of a serious work is going on by a lot of people. We’re grateful for the cooperation.

FOREIGN MINISTER STEINMEIER: Thank you. John, I’m really grateful for close cooperation in a world of crises. We are working very close together on Ukraine, on Middle East, on Iraq, on Syria, and in the last weeks and months, in our common fight against Ebola.

Now, in our ten years negotiations about Iran, this is a weekend of – these are the hours of truth. And we have to check now if Iran is really ready to move in the right direction. The only criterion for a deal about the nuclear issue – about the nuclear dossier – it remain question if Iran is really ready to renounce every research development working on – in the direction of getting nuclear weapon. That is the only criterion.



SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you. Thank you all very much. Appreciate it. Thank you.