Iran rejects offering nine-step plan to West
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 6 /Trend D.Khatinoglu/
Saeed Jalili, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, who serves as the chief negotiator in talks with P5+1, rejected New York Times' report about Iran's proposal to the western countries including U.S. during President Ahmadinejad's visit to New York to take part at UN General Assembly annual meeting.
NYTimes daily newspaper reported citing an American top official on Oct.4 that "with harsh economic sanctions contributing to the first major protests in Iran in three years, Iranian officials have begun to describe what they call a "nine-step plan" to defuse the nuclear crisis with the West by gradually suspending the production of the uranium that would be easiest for them to convert into a nuclear weapon".
"But the plan requires so many concessions by the West, starting with dismantling of all the sanctions that are blocking oil sales and setting off the collapse of the Iranian currency, that U.S officials have dismissed it as unworkable," the report said.
Iran's national currency faced falling in value 18 months ago, while it lost 80 percent in value during a week in late September, rising a USD from 25, 000 rials to 36, 000 rials. A significant drop of Iran's currency in value caused protests in Tehran.
Jalili said that we have never offered a new proposal outside of talks with p5+1.
UN Security Council has adopted four rounds of sanctions on Iran to curb its disputed nuclear program. The U.S. and EU have imposed more tight sanctions over Iran's oil export and banking system, which took effect respectively since June 28 and July 1.
Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful, but International Atomic Energy Agency says there are serious concerns about probable military aspects of Iran's nuclear program because of a lack of enough cooperation with Iran.