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US turn down Iranian plan to end western concerns

Published: 10/10/2012 06:53:00 PM GMT
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New York: The Unites States of America has turned down the nine-point plan by Iran which was proposed to shoot down the concerns of the west over its “controversial” nuclear program being considered as a threat to the world by the US and its close ally, Israel.

By Farhan Iqbal


New York: The Unites States of America has turned down the nine-point plan by Iran which was proposed to shoot down the concerns of the west over its “controversial” nuclear program being considered as a threat to the world by the US and its close ally, Israel.

According to the US media reports, Iran recently proposed a nine-point plan at the UN General Assembly in New York to end its confrontation with the west but American officials have rejected the plan as a non-starter.

The Iranian plan, which is based on a previous plan submitted to European officials in July, calls for gradually removing economic sanctions imposed on the country by the west in exchange for ending work at one of two sites where Iran is enriching uranium.

However, under the plan, Iran would only suspend work at the second facility, the underground uranium enrichment facility at Fordow, after all sanctions have been lifted and the country is able to sell its oil freely again.

The sanctions have taken an increasingly harsh toll on Iran’s economy, including the collapse of the Iranian currency. This week, the worsening economic situation in the country led to public protests in Tehran, which were put down by riot police.

US officials said that the plan was insufficient, as it would allow Iran to “restart the program in a nanosecond” after the lifting of sanctions.

The US has previously proposed that Iran begin by halting production of 20 percent enriched uranium, which could be used to build nuclear weapons, as a first step, while shipping existing stockpiles out of the country and closing the Fordow facility. Under the American plan, the sanctions would only be lifted once the sides agree on a final deal.

Meanwhile, the government-appointed body that oversees Voice of America and other US-sponsored broadcasts is accusing Iran of jamming radio and television programming into the Middle East and eastern Europe amid protests in Iran over the Iranian currency crisis.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors said that the jamming is coming from inside Iran and violates international telecommunications regulations. It added that the interference began on Wednesday and is affecting VOA’s Persian service, along with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s and Farsi-language programming from Radio Farda. The jamming is also affecting the BBC, it said in a statement.

The board said that the jamming is affecting satellite transponders operated by the Paris-based European satellite Eutelsat and has blocked programming not only to Iran but also broadcasts aimed at people in Georgia, Armenia, Bosnia and Korea.


Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks during the 67th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York

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