Prodi to meet with Iran nuclear negotiator Friday

Italian Premier Romano Prodi will meet with Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani on Friday, officials said, before planned talks with the EU over Iran's nuclear program. Prodi and Larijani will probably discuss international opposition to Iran's nuclear program, as well as the crisis in Lebanon and Iran's role in the region, the premier's spokesman confirmed Thursday. Iran on Wednesday postponed a tentative meeting in Vienna between Larijani and Solana to discuss the nuclear controversy. Larijani, meanwhile, was in Spain on Thursday for talks with Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.