World powers and Iran struggled on Saturday to overcome the differences preventing them from ending a 12-year standoff over Tehran`s atomic ambitions, raising the prospect of another extension to the high-stakes talks.
World powers are pressing Iran to stop stonewalling a UN atomic bomb investigation as part of a wider nuclear accord, but look likely to stop short of demanding full disclosure of any secret weapon work by Tehran to avoid killing an historic deal.
There is still a "very significant gap" in nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, Britain`s foreign secretary said Friday before leaving intense talks underway three days before a deadline for a deal.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday canceled plans to depart from nuclear talks with six world powers in Vienna and return to Tehran for consultations with top officials in Iran four days ahead of a deadline for a final agreement.
United States Secretary of State John Kerry has said that extending the deadline to reach an agreement that will mark the closure of the 12-year-long deadlock on Iran`s nuclear programme is not being discussed instead the talks will focus on "driving towards" the outline of a deal.
Senate Republicans called Thursday for US President Barack Obama to submit any text of an agreement with Iran to Congress and warned against unilaterally lifting sanctions, as negotiations continue with Tehran over its nuclear program.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will travel to Vienna on Friday, joining his US counterpart John Kerry to participate in the last-ditch talks on Iran`s nuclear programme, his office announced Thursday.
World powers negotiating with Iran over its nuclear programme are united in their search for an agreement and are not discussing an extension of the deadline, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet his Saudi counterpart, Prince Saud al-Faisal, in Moscow on Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, as Iran and world powers seek to reach a deal on nuclear talks.