EU challenges Iran to resume nuclear talks

CNN) -- With fresh sanctions looming from the European Union, Iran has indicated it's ready to immediately resume talks with the international community over its nuclear program. On Friday, the international community challenged Iran to do just that.

The office of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton released the contents of an October letter to Iran. In it, Ashton wrote that world powers are open to negotiations if Iran is serious about addressing its nuclear program without preconditions.

Ashton's spokesperson pointedly noted, "We are waiting for the Iranian reaction."

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters in Washington that "we stand by that letter."

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