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Source: Iran, Powers' N. Talks Extended

Politics - Informed sources in Vienna, where the nuclear talks between Iran and the world powers are underway, said that the two sides have agreed on extending the deadline for negotiations.

Informed sources told FNA that the Geneva agreement inked by Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) in November 24 would be extended once more, adding that the diplomats are not yet in consensus over how long this extension should be.

Meantime, another source said the extension could not be for more than a few days.

The foreign ministers of the G5+1 are expected to meet in Vienna in hours.

Meantime, Reuters quoted a source close to the talks that Iran and six world powers are expected to adjourn nuclear negotiations on Monday and reconvene next month after the latest round of talks failed to clinch a final deal.

Details about the adjournment and resumption of negotiations were still being worked out, the source said on condition of anonymity. Possible venues include Vienna and Oman, the source said, though nothing had been decided.

"Some progress has been made," said a diplomat involved in the talks. "But we need to discuss some issues with our capitals. We will meet again before the new year. This is an ongoing process."

The 10th and last round of negotiations between Iran and six world powers is now underway in Vienna as the seven nations have just today to work on a final deal.

The 9th round of talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 included two days of trilateral talks among Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, US Secretary of State John Kerry and EU's Chief negotiator Catherine Ashton as well as an hour-long multilateral meeting between the Iranian and G5+1 top negotiators in the Omani capital on November 11 without any tangible results.

In July, Tehran and the six countries agreed to extend negotiations until November 24 after they failed to reach an agreement on a number of key issues.

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