Iran nuclear deadline may be pushed to November: Russia

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.

AFP| Updated: Jul 19, 2014, 05:41 AM IST

Moscow: 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 today.

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.