Turkey’s premier in Iran for talks on nuke pro­gram

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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.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.

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