BBC: Cheney Rejected Iran's 'Help'

Washington 'snubbed Iran offer'

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 official said.

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 - NewsNight - Report begins 1 Minute and 37 seconds into video

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