Members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany agreed to talks with Iran over its disputed nuclear program.
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said that “on behalf of China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, the United States of America I have offered to resume talks with Iran on the nuclear issue,” according to a statement.
Ashton, who is the contact person for the group, responded to a letter from Iran’s nuclear negotiator, Said Jalili, on new talks.
The time and place for the talks remains to be decided.
“We hope that Iran will now enter into a sustained process of constructive dialogue which will deliver real progress in resolving the international community’s long-standing concerns on its nuclear program,” Ashton added.
Jalili in a letter last month said Iran was ready to resume the often-deadlocked talks but said the country wants to resume a peaceful nuclear energy program.
Western powers are concerned that Iran is also attempting to develop nuclear weapons in its program.
“Iran should take our constructive reply letter as an occasion to respond constructively and with transparency to the international community,” German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said after Ashton delivered the statement, according to Radio Free Europe. “Germany is ready to engage in a serious and substantial dialogue with Iran on its nuclear program.”