The official news agency IRNA quoted Tehran's chief negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, as saying on January 6 that the talks would be held at the deputy-foreign-ministerial level.
A call by Iranian President Hassan Rohani for possible referendums on key issues and a greater say in state affairs for the Iranian people has created a debate in Iran and among Iran watchers.
In taking on Iran's privileged economic enterprises and supporting the loss of their tax-exempt status, President Hassan Rohani is sending a clear message to both the supreme leader and the powerful Revolutionary Guards.
Tajikistan's government has expressed concern over young Tajiks receiving education at Islamic religious schools abroad.
Reports say at least 16 people have been hanged in Iran since the start of this year
A prominent Iranian musician and composer says authorities are preventing him from traveling abroad.
Iran's president has suggested he may seek to bypass the country's conservative institutions by holding direct voting on issues of national concern.
Iran is denying reports that it has reached an agreement with the United States aimed at reducing Tehran's ability to make nuclear arms.
An Iranian draft law giving more powers to police to enforce women's compulsory wearing of the hijab has been ruled unconstitutional.
An Iranian Foreign Ministry official says falling oil prices will hurt Middle Eastern countries and Saudi Arabia's decision not to reduce production is a mistake.
Iran has strongly condemned the latest round of U.S. sanctions that was announced by Washington on December 30.
The United States and Iran have both denied reports that Washington proposed a prisoner swap for a former U.S. marine jailed in Iran.