Iran nuclear talks extended until November

Diplomats say Iran and six world powers have agreed to extend their deadline for four months to strike a nuclear deal with Tehran, Voice of America reports.

The diplomats say the parties gave themselves until November 24 to reach a deal. An interim deal for Iran to curb its uranium enrichment in exchange for an easing of sanctions was set to expire on Sunday, July 20.

ran has been negotiating since February with officials from the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany on a long-term nuclear deal. The biggest obstacle has been Iran’s right to enrich uranium, a process that can produce fuel for nuclear reactors, but also the core of a nuclear bomb.

The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon. Iran insists its atomic program is strictly for peaceful purposes.