2220 GMT: Nuclear Watch. After a few days talking down the possibility of renewed nuclear talks --- and putting the blame on Tehran --- Western diplomats said today that discussions could still resume in January.
The shift follows a phone call on Monday between Helga Schmid, the deputy negotiator for the 5+1 Powers, and her Iranian counterpart Ali Bagheri.
"Consultations to prepare a next round of talks are ongoing," spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said.
"The powers and Iran are still discussing possible dates for nuclear talks in January," one Western envoy said.