UPDATE 1-Iran's Salehi says six powers set Feb. 25 meeting

Sun Feb 3, 2013 4:54am EST

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MUNICH Feb 3 (Reuters) - Six world powers have proposed holding a new round of talks with Iran on its nuclear programme in Kazakhstan on Feb. 25, Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Sunday.

"I have good news - I heard yesterday that the P5+1 or EU3+3 will be meeting in Kazakhstan on Feb. 25," he said at the Munich Security Conference.

He did not make clear whether Iran had agreed to the meeting.

A European diplomat said the six powers had proposed a new round of talks on Feb. 25 in Kazakhstan but that Iran had still not given a firm answer. The two sides have been haggling over a date and venue for new talks for weeks.

Western powers suspect Iran of seeking to develop the capability to build a nuclear bomb, but Iran says its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful.

Salehi said he would give "positive consideration" to comments by U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden on Saturday in which he held out the possibility of direct talks with Iran.

Salehi said there was "no red line for bilateral negotiations" as long as the other side had a real intention to resolve the issue. (Reporting by Alexandra Hudson; Writing by Adrian Croft; Editing by Stephen Brown and Jon Hemming)

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