ITV News has gained a rare insight into the campaign of one of the few reformist candidates in Iran's forthcoming general election.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he is willing to be the first Iranian astronaut to be sent into space.
Iran displayed a new generation of military hardware today in the country's capital Tehran in what appeared to be a warning to Israel.
A helicopter carrying Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been forced to make an emergency landing in a mountainous region north of Tehran but no one on board was hurt, the president's website said.
Ahmadinejad had been on his way to a ceremony to inaugurate a road tunnel, the website said.
"The helicopter carrying Dr. Ahmadinejad and some executive officials accompanying him had an accident in the Alborz mountains this morning ... the pilot managed to land the helicopter with complete skill," it said.
"The president and his entourage are right now in perfect health," said the report, which gave no details as to the nature of the accident.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stopped twice to kiss the coffin of Venezuela's late leader Hugo Chavez during today's funeral.
Ahmadinejad is one of some 30 heads of state who are attending the funeral.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in Caracas for funeral of ally and 'close friend' President Hugo Chavez.
Speaking to reporters President Ahmadinejad said;
"He was a dear friend to all the countries of the world. To us, President's Chavez loss is very painful because we've lost a friend, a close friend and a revolutionary and just leader. To me, he had a big personality and a very close friend and brother. I feel like I lost myself."
"He was a great man with very big, humane dreams. I express my solidarity with the people of Venezuela, with all of the people of Latin America and with all the countries of the world. And we promise to realize and materialize his ideas which were so valuable.
"I am certain God will help us and the spirit of President Chavez will be watching us and will help us from the heavens."
Going on to add that he was in, "no doubt that Chávez will return to Earth" together with Jesus and Imam Mahdi, the most revered figure among Shia Muslims, to, "establish peace, justice and kindness" in the world.
Announcing a day of mourning, Ahmadinejad is reported to have said that he believed something was "suspicious" about the cause of Chávez's cancer.
Iran's President Ahmadinejad has said that his country is under "continued threat by the uncivilized Zionists to resort to military action".
The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is criticising western nations for causing the global economic crisis through their "creation of useless paper assets".