Gaps remain between UK, EU in N.Ireland talks - UK's Cleverly

Britain's Foreign Secretary James Cleverly attends a press conference after the first UK-Germany Strategic Dialogue meeting, in London

BELFAST (Reuters) - There are still genuine differences between British and European Union negotiators that could take some time to resolve if talks on revising post-Brexit trade rules for Northern Ireland are to succeed, Britain's foreign minister said on Wednesday.

"Optimism is great, having a spirit of optimism is important but there are still genuine differences and they can't just be wished away, they need to be resolved and sometimes that does take some time," James Cleverly told reporters on a visit to Belfast.

(Reporting by Amanda Ferguson in Belfast, writing by Padraic Halpin in Dublin, Editing by Alistair Smout)