Talks between Iran, world powers resume Sept. 18

September 4, 2014 - 6:05 AM
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EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton speaks during a press conference at the end of an informal meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers, in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. European Union leaders are set to decide who will be the 28-nation bloc's foreign policy chief for the next five years, with Italy's top diplomat Federica Mogherini widely seen as the front-runner for the prestigious job. The decision on incumbent Ashton's successor comes as the crisis at the EU's eastern border pitting Ukraine against Russia poses one of the biggest foreign policy challenges for the bloc in decades. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says that talks between Iran and six world powers on a nuclear deal will resume on New York on Sept. 18.

EU spokesman Michael Mann said Thursday that preparatory meetings will be held in Vienna next week. Negotiators face a Nov. 24 deadline to overcome stubborn differences over the size and capacity of activities by Tehran that could be used to make nuclear arms.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is coordinating the talks on behalf of the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.

The talks have stalled over intense disagreements over the purpose of Iran's nuclear program, which Tehran says is aimed at peaceful purposes only.