TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran is ready to hold talks with six major powers over its nuclear programme in late October or early November, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Saturday. We think late October or early November will be an appropriate date for the talks by the representatives of Iran and 5+1 countries, Mottaki told a news conference. He gave no details about the venue of the talks. Western officials say they could take place in Vienna or Geneva. Talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China - as well as Germany, meant to address concerns about Tehrans uranium enrichment, stalled in October last year, leading to a toughening of international sanctions. The United States and its European allies fear Irans declare civilian nuclear energy programme is a cover to develop the capability of producing nuclear weapons. Iran, the worlds fifth-largest oil producer, says it needs nuclear fuel-making technology to generate electricity. Ahmadinejad has set conditions for further talks, saying a greater variety of countries must be involved, the parties must say whether they seek friendship or hostility with Iran, and they must express a view on Israels alleged nuclear arsenal.