Tearful John Kerry says wife's condition improving

Secretary of State John Kerry listens as Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi speaks during the opening session of the 2013 Strategic and Economic Dialogue, Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at the State Department in Washington. A month after the presidents of the U.S. and China held an unconventional summit at a California resort, their top officials are convening in more staid surroundings in Washington to review security and economic issues that reflect growing ties but also deep-seated differences between the world powers. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry has paid tearful thanks for the outpouring of good wishes for his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry and says her condition is improving.

Kerry, looking weary, was speaking at the opening of U.S.-China talks at the State Department Wednesday. Kerry returned to Washington from his wife's hospital bedside in Boston.

Kerry said: "Teresa is doing better, under evaluation and we hope improving."

He says he wanted to t hank everybody for, quote, "the remarkable outpouring of good wishes. It's really been very special." He adds that when Mrs. Kerry is able, she will "tell everyone herself."

The 74-year-old Kerry was hospitalized after becoming ill Sunday on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket, where the couple owns a home.