Iran tells Ashton it wants early renewal of nuclear talks

February 16, 2012 11:52

VIENNA - Iran has proposed an early resumption of long-stalled nuclear talks with world powers, according to a letter from Tehran to European Union policy chief Catherine Ashton obtained by Reuters on Thursday.

The brief letter, which offered no specific proposals on the nuclear issue, may do little to convince Western states that Tehran is prepared to enter the kind of substantive negotiations they say is needed to resolve the long-standing row.

"We voice our readiness for dialogue on a spectrum of various issues which can provide ground for constructive and forward-looking cooperation," the letter dated Feb. 14 from Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said.

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