Iran says it is ready to restart nuclear talks

In this photo released by the Iranian semi-official Mehr News Agency, Revolutionary Guard's Zelzal missile is launched in a drill, Sunday Sept. 27, 2009, near the city of Qom, 80 miles (130 kilometers) south of Tehran, Iran. Iran said it successfully test-fired short-range missiles during military drills Sunday by the elite Revolutionary Guard, a show of force days after the U.S. warned Tehran over a newly revealed underground nuclear facility it was secretly constructing. (AP Photo/Mehr News Agency, Raouf Mohseni)

October 29, 2010 4:22:04 AM PDT
Iran has notified the European Union it is willing to restart talks about its nuclear program after Nov. 10.

State media report that Iran's Supreme National Security Council said in a letter Friday to the EU's foreign policy chief that Iran is ready to hold talks "in a place and on a date convenient to both sides."

The negotiations between Iran and a group of six nations that includes the United States foundered a year ago over a deal meant to ensure Iran could only use its stockpile of enriched uranium for fueling nuclear power stations and not for building bombs.

In Brussels, the EU confirmed it had received the letter. EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton called the offer "a very important" development.

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