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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-13-11 02:00 AM
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Source: NYT

WASHINGTON Iran on Monday made its first counterproposal in two years to ease the confrontation with the West over its nuclear program, offering to allow international inspectors full supervision of the countrys nuclear activities for the next five years, but on the condition that the mounting sanctions against Iran are lifted.

The proposal came from Fereydoon Abbasi, the head of Irans atomic energy agency, who was designated by the United Nations in 2007 as a scientist involved in Irans nuclear and ballistic missile activities, and, as such, subject to a freeze on his assets and limitations on his travel. He narrowly escaped an assassination attempt last year.

Mr. Abbasis offer was vaguely worded. It was far from clear what he meant by full supervision, after several years in which Iran has refused to turn over documents to the International Atomic Energy Agency or allow interviews of its most important nuclear scientists. The government has also restricted where inspectors could travel.

Nonetheless, the overture is the first time since October 2009 that Iran has indicated a willingness to negotiate over the program, and one senior Obama administration official said the offer suggested that the sanctions are wearing on the leadership.

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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-13-11 02:06 AM
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1. A hopeful sign...
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-13-11 02:19 AM
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2. Cool. Now let's see if they actually mean it. nt
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