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Iranian Peace Offers

Sunday’s Financial Times story “Iran ‘Ready To Limit Nuclear Programme'” reports that “Iran’s leadership is ready to limit its nuclear programme but will not suspend uranium enrichment as a precondition for talks, two regime insiders have told the Financial Times.” Full article

Also on Sunday, the Washington Post reported — under the headline “In 2003, U.S. Spurned Iran’s Offer of Dialogue; Some Officials Lament Lost Opportunity” — about a “proposal from Iran for a broad dialogue with the United States,” which “suggested everything was on the table — including full cooperation on nuclear programs, acceptance of Israel and the termination of Iranian support for Palestinian militant groups.”

In response to this, the Post reports, the administration “formally complained to the Swiss ambassador who had sent the fax [proposal] with a cover letter certifying it as a genuine proposal supported by key power centers in Iran, former administration officials said.” Full article

TRITA PARSI
Mideast specialist Parsi was cited in the Post article as having received a copy of the 2003 Iranian proposal. He said today: “Very few people would have guessed that Iran would have made such offers. This highlights the importance of the two sides getting to the negotiating table without any delay since a negotiated settlement is achievable.” Parsi is author of the book Treacherous Triangle: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States.
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GARETH PORTER
Porter wrote the article “Iran Proposal to U.S. Offered Peace with Israel” and several other pieces over the last several months on the offer from Iran. He can also comment on the 2003 Iranian proposal, the Financial Times report and other developments regarding Iran.
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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167