Iran FM: Tehran, World Powers Must End Impasse Over Nuclear Program

Iranian FM Ali Akbar Salehi says the two sides 'have reached a conclusion that they must exit current stalemate'; UN, Iran talks expected to lead to renewal of probe into nuclear program.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Monday that a way must be found to end the deadlock between Iran and world powers over Tehran's nuclear program.

"The two sides have reached a conclusion that they must exit the current stalemate," Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying by the Iranian Students' News Agency.

Salehi said he did not know when the next round of talks would be held, according to ISNA.

Iran and six world powers - the United States, Russia, France, China, Britain and Germany - have expressed readiness to re-start efforts to find a negotiated solution to a decade-old dispute that has stirred fears of a new war in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, talks between the UN atomic agency and Iran are expected to lead to a deal next month on resuming an investigation into Tehran's nuclear program, the chief UN inspector said after returning from Tehran on Friday.

World powers have closely watched the IAEA-Iran talks for any indication of Iranian readiness to finally start addressing their concerns.

The IAEA's meetings with Iran are separate from - but closely linked to - broader efforts by six world powers to resolve the decade-long nuclear dispute.