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Iran: Nuclear deal by November deadline unlikely

The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) attending a meeting with Iranian foreign ambassadors and diplomats currently visiting the Iranian capital, Tehran August 11, 2014. (AFP Photo/Iranian presidency website/Mohammad Berno)

TEHRAN: Iran's foreign minister says it is unlikely to reach a final nuclear accord with world powers by a November deadline.

Parliament's news website Friday quoted Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying that even if a general agreement is reached by the deadline, the two sides will require more time to discuss details. "Hence, it is unlikely to reach a final conclusion before a four-month span," he was quoted as saying.

Iran and the P5+1 group - the U.S., Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany - in July extended their nuclear talks until November.

Western powers have long suspected Iran is secretly pursuing a nuclear weapons capability alongside its civilian program, charges denied by Tehran.

 

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