Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced the decision on Friday after his meeting with Catherine Ashton, European Union foreign policy chief, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, media reported on Saturday.

"At the meeting with Ashton we agreed to hold the next round of Iran's nuclear talks with the Group P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) in Vienna on February 18," said Zarif.

Previous reports suggested that the next round of the negotiations would be held in New York in February to set the stage for achieving a permanent agreement.

Iran and the six world powers -- US, France, Britain, Russia, China plus Germany -- had inked an interim deal on Iran's nuclear energy programme in Geneva last November. The deal came into force on January 20.

Under the deal, Iran agreed to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities as a confidence-building measure and the world powers agreed to give Iran some relief in sanctions and release more than USD 4 billion of Tehran's oil revenues.

Meanwhile, Russian foreign ministry's Security and Disarmament Department director Mikhail Ulyanov said on Friday that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has found no violation by Iran of the November nuclear deal.

The Russian official underscored Iran’s "unprecedented level of cooperation with the IAEA" regarding access "to any facility of interest to the agency".


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