BBC: Cheney Rejected Iran's
Washington 'snubbed Iran
Iran offered the US a package of concessions in 2003, but it was
rejected, a senior former US official has told the BBC's
Newsnight programme. Tehran proposed ending support for
Lebanese and Palestinian militant groups and helping to
stabilise Iraq following the US-led invasion.
Offers, including making its nuclear programme more transparent,
were conditional on the US ending hostility.
But Vice-President Dick Cheney's office rejected the plan, the
Newsnight has uncovered an extraordinary
letter written after the invasion of Iraq in 2003 where Tehran
offers to withdraw military backing for Hamas and Hezbollah as
well as give open access to their nuclear facilities in return
for Western action in disbanding the The People's Mujahadeen -
known as the PMOI . Tim Whewell investigates this organistaion
and whether they may be used as a bargaining chip in
negotiations between Iran and Washington.
01/17/09 Jeremy Paxman - BBC -
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