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) (The Associated Press)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gives a press conference in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Rouhani called Western sanctions an "invasion" on Saturday after Washington imposed existing sanctions on more than 25 businesses, banks and individuals suspected of working to expand Iran's nuclear program, support terrorism and help Iran evade U.S. and international sanctions. Iran's state TV also said the move violated an interim agreement reached with world powers under which Western nations agreed to ease sanctions in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear activities. However, Friday's action did not constitute an expansion of the sanctions regime. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi) (The Associated Press)
BRUSSELS – 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.