Iran: Nuclear deal impossible before deadline

SHAFAQNA  – Iran has said it was impossible to meet a deadline for reaching a deal with the main world powers over Tehran’s nuclear programme.

A member of Iranian negotiating team in Vienna told an Iranian news agency that Iran and the six main powers involved in the high-level talks in the Austrian capital were discussing the possibility of extending negations if the parties fail to arrive to an agreement before November 24.

“The option of extending Geneva deal will be on the table, if we do not agree on a comprehensive political deal by the end of Sunday night in Vienna,” the official told ISNA.

US Secretary of State John Kerry had earlier said in Vienna there were “some serious gaps” between them and Iranians.

“We’re working hard,” he said.

Kerry, who on Friday postponed a trip to Paris to remain in Vienna for the talks, met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday afternoon, their fourth meeting in three days.

Iran and six powers – the US, China, Russia, Britain, France plus Germany (P5+1) – have been negotiating intensively since February to turn an interim accord reached with Iran a year ago into a lasting agreement.

Such a deal, after 12 years of rising tensions, is aimed at easing fears that Tehran will develop nuclear weapons under the guise of its civilian activities – an ambition Iran denies.

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