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» September 6, 2011

Easing Stance, Iran Offers Inspectors 'Supervision' of Nuclear Program

David Sanger | New York Times

Fereydoon Abbasi

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 country's 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 Iran's atomic energy agency, who was designated by the United Nations in 2007 as a scientist involved in Iran's 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. Abbasi's 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. Full Article   

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