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Talks between Iran, world powers on nuclear issue to resume Sept. 18 in New York

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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.

PHOTO: 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)
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)

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.

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