(Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear agency said it would hold a new round of talks with Iran on its atomic program next month, in the latest push to resolve a dispute that has raised fears of war in the Middle East.
Friday's announcement was made days after the re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama, a development analysts say may create a fresh opportunity to press ahead with efforts to find a peaceful end to the decade-old crisis with Iran.
But time may not be on the side of diplomacy: Israel, assumed to be the volatile region's only nuclear-armed power, has often threatened military action if Tehran does not halt its nuclear activities. Iran has repeatedly ruled out doing that.
The United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it hoped the talks in Tehran would produce an agreement that would allow it to resume a stalled investigation into possible military aspects of Iran's nuclear program.