* Diplomacy deadlocked since Moscow talks in June
* Obama's vote win raised hopes of a renewed push
* Iran's Jalili says ready to meet with powers soon
BRUSSELS, Nov 15 Major powers will discuss
negotiating strategy towards Iran next Wednesday amid signs of a
renewed push to resolve the nuclear dispute peacefully after
U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election last week.
Obama and Iran's chief nuclear negotiator this week have
separately made clear their desire to resume diplomacy that has
been deadlocked since a meeting between six world powers and
Iran ended without a breakthrough in June.
Obama's Nov. 6 election victory raised hopes of a revival of
negotiations after speculation that Israel might strike Iranian
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will
host a meeting of representatives of the six powers in Brussels
on Wednesday, as part of efforts to dissuade Iran from its
nuclear programme, a spokeswoman for Ashton said on Thursday.
"This is part of the ongoing ... consultations to find a
diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear issue," the
spokeswoman said, giving no further detail.
The six powers are the United States, China, Russia, France,
Britain and Germany. Western powers suspect Iran is secretly
developing the ability to produce nuclear bombs. Tehran denies
this, saying its programme is entirely peaceful.
Obama told a news conference on Wednesday that reports that
emerged before his re-election of impending U.S. talks with Iran
were "not true and ... are not true as of today." But he said
diplomacy remained his preferred option.
In Tehran, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili,
reaffirmed Iran's "constant readiness" for talks, Iran's
English-language state Press TV quoted him as saying in a
meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on
"The Islamic Republic of Iran hopes that the P5+1 group will
return to the negotiating table at the earliest (possible
time)," its website quoted him as saying.
The six big powers have sought to persuade Iran to scale
back its nuclear programme through economic sanctions and
They have failed to achieve a breakthrough in three rounds
of talks since April. But neither side has been willing to break
them off, in part because of concerns that this could lead to a
new war in the Middle East if Israel attacked its arch-foe.
EU and U.S. sanctions have made it harder for Iran to sell
and transport its oil, but Tehran has shown no sign of backing
down on the nuclear work.
Western diplomats expect the U.N. nuclear agency's next
quarterly Iran report, likely to be submitted to member states
on Friday, to show the Islamic state further expanding its
uranium enrichment capacity.