Kerry seeks to calm German anger at NSA reports
US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and German Chancellor
BERLIN (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry has made clear that the United States takes German anger over the NSA spying revelations seriously, and insists the two countries can put the episode behind them.
Kerry on Friday described the discord between Berlin and Washington as "bumps in the road" that could be resolved peacefully.
But speaking to the press before meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel and after talks with Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Kerry gave no indication that the U.S. would sign a "no spy" accord that Germany wants, much less apologize for its past actions.
Among the reports to come out of documents leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden last year were allegations that the National Security Agency for years targeted the cellphones of allied leaders, including Merkel.