Turkey’s premier in Iran for talks on nuke program
TEHRAN | President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other Iranian officials were to discuss Tehran’s disputed nuclear program and the crisis in Syria with the visiting Turkish prime minister Wednesday.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Tehran from South Korea, where he attended a nuclear security summit and also held talks with President Obama.
Turkey has built close economic ties with Iran and has been at odds with Washington over the best way to get Tehran to halt its nuclear program, arguing for a diplomatic solution to the standoff instead of sanctions.
Turkey, however, has also decided to host a NATO defense shield radar that would warn of any Iranian ballistic missiles in the region.
Iran and six world powers — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany — have agreed to meet April 13 for new nuclear talks, but no decision has been made on the venue.
Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi (right) speaks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran on Wednesday. Mr. Erdogan visited to discuss Iran’s disputed nuclear program.