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Iran Calls Nuclear Talk Offer 'Good News'

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has welcomed a new offer from the European Union to resume nuclear talks with world powers.

Speaking to reporters Friday, Mottaki called a proposal by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton "good news."

On Thursday, a spokesperson for Ashton said the new round of talks would be held in Vienna sometime in mid-November, which fits a timeframe suggested by Mottaki last week.

Ashton would speak on behalf of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany -- a group known as the P5+1.

The group recently said it wanted to re-establish dialogue on a nuclear swap proposal that was introduced last year. Under that plan, Iran would swap low-enriched uranium for uranium fuel rods that would be used in a medical research reactor.

Iran is under four sets of United Nations sanctions for its refusal to stop enriching uranium. The EU and several other countries have also imposed their own penalties on Iran.

The United States and other world powers suspect that Iran wants to create nuclear weapons, a charge Iran denies.