A top aide to Saddam Hussein met Saturday in Tehran with Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani, reportedly delivering the Iraqi leader's reply to a secret Iranian plan to end the gulf war.

Later, Rafsanjani led a meeting of Iran's Supreme National Security Council to study Saddam's message, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported. The contents of the message were not disclosed.After his three-hour session with Rafsanjani, Iraqi Deputy Premier Saadoun Hammadi returned to Iraq, IRNA reported.