World powers to hold Iran nuclear talks in Kazakhstan

World powers to hold Iran nuclear talks in Kazakhstan

Nuclear negotiations between major world powers and Iran will resume in three weeks' time in Kazakhstan after a break of eight months, the Iranian foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, said on Sunday.

The European Union, which acts as co-ordinator for the six powers involved in the talks, confirmed it had proposed talks on 25 February in the former Soviet republic but was waiting to hear back from the Iranian negotiators, the Guardian reports.

Nuclear talks are led by a foreign policy adviser to Iran's supreme leader, not by the foreign ministry.

"We have proposed concrete dates and venue ever since early December," said Michael Mann, an EU spokesman. "Our latest proposal had indeed been Kazakhstan in the week of February 25 after other proposals had not worked. So it is good to hear that the foreign minister finally confirmed now. We hope the negotiating team will also confirm."