US State Department Spokesman PJ Crowley said Friday officials from Western European countries, Russia and China discussed the issue of Iran earlier in the day.
Crowley said officials talked over a conference call, and William Burns, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, represented the US side.
"They discussed both tracks," Crowley said, referring to both the pressure track and the negotiation track in the dual-track strategy the major powers are pursuing regarding Iran's nuclear program. The conference call lasted about 90 minutes.
The West has accused Iran of using its nuclear program to develop a nuclear weapon, a charge adamantly denied by Iran, which insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.