TEHRAN, July 17 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad- Javad Zarif said on Thursday that both sides of the nuclear negotiations need an extension of time, as they could not agree on the components of a final deal before the July 20 deadline.
"Presently, we are in a condition where all the topics have been discussed. But we haven't reached a final and determinate result," Zarif was quoted as saying by official news agency.
During the talks in past weeks, most parts of a comprehensive nuclear deal were drafted, but now "mutual understanding" is needed to do the rest of the job, he said.
The minister said that the deadline of talks could be extended to November, and that Iran and the powers are negotiating to schedule next rounds of meetings.
Under the interim deal agreed in Geneva last November, Iran agreed to suspend some sensitive nuclear activities in exchange for a limited sanction relief in six months till July 20, to buy time for more diplomatic efforts.
The West wants Iran to significantly scale back its nuclear program in case of a proliferation risk, while Iran insists its nuclear right be inalienable.