Britain says Iran nuclear deadline missed, new date June 30

VIENNA (AFP) -  British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Iran and world powers will miss Monday’s midnight deadline for a nuclear deal and have set a new date of June 30 next year.

“It was not possible to get an agreement by the deadline.... We have therefore extended to June 30 2015,” Hammond said.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, the so-called P5+1, have been locked in talksfor months, seeking to turn an interim deal that expires at midnight (7am Tuesday Singapore time) into a lasting accord.

Such an agreement, after a 12-year standoff, is aimed at easing fears that Teehran will develop nuclear weapons under the guise of its civilian activities, an ambition it strongly denies.