Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (L) holds a bilateral meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) on the second straight day of talks over Tehran's nuclear program in Vienna, on July 14, 2014
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (L) holds a bilateral meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) on the second straight day of talks over Tehran's nuclear program in Vienna, on July 14, 2014 © Jim Bourg - POOL/AFP/File
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (L) holds a bilateral meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) on the second straight day of talks over Tehran's nuclear program in Vienna, on July 14, 2014
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Last updated: July 18, 2014

Iran nuclear deadline may be pushed to November

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World powers are strongly considering delaying a Sunday deadline to reach a deal on Iran's nuclear programme until November, Russian media reported, citing Moscow's negotiator at the Vienna talks.

"The dominant point of view is that we need a new control date in November. That is, a year from reaching the Geneva agreement," RIA Novosti quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Friday.

Iran and the six powers known as the 5+1 group -- the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany -- have been holding negotiations over Tehran's controversial nuclear programme.

Washington and Iran earlier this week laid the groundwork for pushing back a July 20 deadline agreed at an interim deal in Geneva last November after days of intense talks failed to produce a breakthrough.

"The round is not over, there are several substantial issues that continue to be discussed. Russia's delegation, like other '5+1' delegations, remain in Vienna until reaching an agreement," Ryabkov was quoted as saying.

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