Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

Freed French Hostages: Celebration and speculation on how it all happened

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Todd Shepard, Author of 'The Algerian War and the Remaking of France'

Read more

HIGH PROFILE

Justine Dupont, surfer

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Guillaume Poitrinal, Chief executive of Woodeum

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

A landslide victory for the 'invisible candidate' in Algeria

Read more

WEB NEWS

France's top consumer group sues internet giants

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Shocking revelations on South Korean ferry disaster provoke scathing editorials

Read more

HIGH PROFILE

Olivier Poussier, winner, world's best sommelier (2000)

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Peugeot-Citroën hopes for sales boost at Beijing auto show

Read more

  • Boston readies for first marathon since bombings

    Read more

  • ‘I suffered mock executions,’ says freed French journalist

    Read more

  • S.Korea president says captain’s action akin to ‘murder’

    Read more

  • Deadly shootout in eastern Ukraine threatens Geneva deal

    Read more

  • France marks 70 years of women’s voting rights

    Read more

  • Abdullah widens lead in Afghan presidential vote

    Read more

  • Leftist Sabahi to challenge Sisi for Egypt presidency

    Read more

  • Syria to hold presidential election on June 3

    Read more

  • The Great War's unsung four-legged heroes

    Read more

  • Video: Ukraine crisis overshadows Easter celebrations

    Read more

  • UK’s Hamilton cruises to victory at Chinese Grand Prix

    Read more

  • In pictures: French kite festival takes flight

    Read more

  • Freed French journalists arrive home after Syria ordeal

    Read more

  • Syria’s Assad visits recaptured Christian town at Easter

    Read more

  • Le Pen’s National Front fail to woo Britain’s Eurosceptics

    Read more

  • PSG clinch fourth League Cup title after beating Lyon

    Read more

  • Why Syria’s cash-strapped jihadists let hostages go

    Read more

  • Militants kill Algerian soldiers in deadly ambush

    Read more

  • Scores killed in South Sudan cattle raid

    Read more

Middle east

Lula arrives in Iran for key nuclear talks

©

Video by Sonia DRIDI , Nicholas RUSHWORTH

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-05-15

President Lula Inacio da Silva arrived in Tehran for a nuclear summit. The US and Russia have warned that Lula's trip to Tehran could be Iran's last chance to escape severe UN sanctions on its controversial nuclear programme.

AFP - Brazilian President Lula Inacio da Silva arrived in Tehran on Sunday for a nuclear summit that major powers have said might prove to be Tehran's last chance to avoid tough new UN sanctions.

The Brazilian leader, heading a delegation of 300, was welcomed on the two-day visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, an AFP journalist said.

He is due to meet Sunday morning with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and is also due to meet the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Ahead of his trip, Lula told reporters in Moscow that he was "optimistic" and hoped to be able to persuade Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to reach an agreement with the West.

"I must now use everything I have learned over my long political career to convince my friend Ahmadinejad to come to an agreement with the international community," Lula said.

Just hours before his arrival, Iran said it was willing to discuss a venue to swap uranium that needs to be enriched for a nuclear research reactor if it obtains "concrete guarantees," Al-Alam television reported.

The Arabic-language channel quoted foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as saying that Tehran struck a deal on the amount of uranium to be exchanged and the modality of the swap -- simultaneously or in batches.

"There is an agreement on the time and the volume of the fuel to be exchanged," Mehmanparast said according to Al-Alam, without elaborating on the deal or with whom it was reached.

"But there is still the venue (to be decided) and if there are concrete guarantees, Iran is willing to discuss the location," he added.

The United States and Russia have already said that Lula's chances of success are weak.

Brazil is a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council and has so far resisted US-led efforts to push through a fourth set of sanctions against Iran over its failure to heed repeated ultimatums to stop enrichment activity.

Iran has rejected a UN proposal to enrich abroad the uranium it says it needs for a nuclear research reactor. The West fears Iran wants highly enriched uranium to make an atomic bomb, a charge Tehran vehemently denies.

Date created : 2010-05-15

  • IRAN

    International sanctions and Iran

    Read more

  • NUCLEAR POLICY

    Six powers say Iran sanctions talks 'constructive'

    Read more

  • NUCLEAR POLICY

    Six powers resume talks on new round of Iran sanctions

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)