Iran says it is ready to restart nuclear talks


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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