Iran says negotiations under way to hold new nuclear talks

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Posted: Jan 18, 2012 6:43 AM
Iran says negotiations under way to hold new nuclear talks

ANKARA (Reuters) - Negotiations are under way to hold new talks between Western powers and Iran over Tehran's nuclear program and the most likely venue is Istanbul, but there is no date set, Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Wednesday.

"Negotiations are going on about venue and date. We would like to have these negotiations," Salehi told reporters during a visit to Turkey. "Most probably, I am not sure yet, the venue will be Istanbul. The day is not yet settled, but it be soon."

Salehi also said Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was in touch with the European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who heads the so-called P5+1 delegation, and Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili to try to arrange a date and venue.

Istanbul was the venue of the last talks which ended in stalemate. Iran has since come under much tougher sanctions from the West which accuses it of seeking nuclear weapons capability.

(Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by Ibon Villelabeitia)