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Iran nuclear talks to resume by mid-Oct: 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.

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