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Tehran Hints At Desire To End Nuclear Impasse

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says a way must be found to end the standoff between Tehran and the international community over the Islamic republic’s nuclear program.

Quoted by ISNA on December 17, Salehi said the two sides have “reached a conclusion” that they must exit the current stalemate.

Salehi offered no new initiatives for ending the deadlock and made no announcement on when talks between Iran and six world powers, dubbed the P5+1, might resume.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the United States is ready to resume talks with Iran, so long as Tehran is “serious” about negotiations.

Reports have suggested new talks could occur in December or January.

A meeting in June in Moscow failed to result in a breakthrough.

Iran denies seeking to develop a nuclear weapons capability.

Four rounds of United Nations sanctions have been aimed at convincing Tehran to discontinue sensitive nuclear work, and the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has accused Iran of covert nuclear weapons work.

Based on reports from AFP and Reuters