Tehran: Difficult talks between Iran and world powers on Tehran`s nuclear programme will resume in Europe before mid-October, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying Monday.
Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said the negotiations -- aimed at brokering a historic deal by a November 24 deadline -- would resume in Vienna or Geneva within two weeks.
"We have been able to have a much better understanding in a constructive atmosphere but there are differences on major issues," Araqchi told Japan`s Kyodo News.
He said recent talks in New York did not make "substantive progress" and that Iran was not interested in extending the deadline.
"If it would be a deal, let`s do it now, an extension would be useless and difficult," Araqchi said in the report, which was picked up by Iran`s official IRNA news agency.
Negotiators from the so-called P5+1 group -- Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany -- are seeking to reach a deal to scale back Tehran`s nuclear activities by the deadline.
Western powers fear Tehran is using its nuclear programme as a cover to develop nuclear weapons. Iran says it has only peaceful intentions.
Iran wants UN and Western sanctions lifted and is pushing for the right to enrich uranium, a process which can produce material for a bomb.