Iran's FM says will hold nuclear talks in Turkey

February 19, 2012 - 6:15 AM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister says the next round of talks between Iran and six world powers on the country's nuclear program will be held in Istanbul, Turkey.

Ali Akbar Salehi made the comments during a press conference in Tehran Sunday. He didn't give any timing for the talks.

The last round of talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany were held in Istanbul in Jan. 2011 but ended in failure.

The West wants Iran to meet U.N. Security Council demands to stop uranium enrichment but Tehran accused the other side of pushing not "dialogue but dictation."

The U.S. and its allies accuse Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons, while Iran maintains its nuclear program is entirely peaceful.