“Let me assure you we would not be here continuing to negotiate just for the sake of negotiating,” Kerry said. We’re here because we believe we’re making real progress.”
Kerry then claimed that he is prepared to walk away from the talks with no deal. That threat has been repeated multiple times by senior administration officials in recent days, though they continue to negotiate with no final deadline.
“As I’ve said many times, and have discussed with President Obama last night, we are not going to sit at the negotiating table forever,” Kerry said. “We also recognize that we shouldn’t get up and leave because the clock strikes midnight.”
Iran and the United States will not be rushed by these self-imposed deadlines, Kerry said.
“We will not rush and we will not be rushed and we won’t let ourselves be rushed through any aspect of this,” he said, adding that the “quality of the agreement” is the most pressing issue.