"In my view, as I said before, at a certain point, if negotiations were to move in the right direction, particularly when the discussion of security issues were to start, I would hope that the United States will be able to join that dialogue," el-Baradei added.
The Bush administration yesterday said no direct talks with Iran can be considered until Tehran agrees to verifiably and permanently halt all uranium enrichment and processing activities.
Progress -- but no consensus -- was meanwhile reported during talks in London among six world powers aimed at agreeing a package of incentives and threats to persuade Iran to halt uranium enrichment work.
Officials said the foreign ministers of the six countries -- the permanent members of the UN Security Council: United States, Russia, China, France, and Britain, along with Germany -- would consider meeting soon to see if any final agreement can be reached.
(compiled from agency reports)