Vienna: Iran has proposed an early resumption of long-stalled nuclear talks with world powers, according to a letter from Tehran to European Union policy chief Catherine Ashton on Thursday.   

The brief letter, which offered no specific proposals on the nuclear issue, may do little to convince Western states that Tehran is prepared to enter the kind of substantive negotiations they say is needed to resolve the long-standing row.   

"We voice our readiness for dialogue on a spectrum of various issues which can provide ground for constructive and forward-looking cooperation," the letter dated February14 from Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said.   

The United States and its allies suspect Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons capability. Iran denies this.