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Pressure Building for More Middle East War

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"The Islamic Republic has repeatedly, clearly and openly announced its stances on the nuclear issue but (Washington and its allies) are playing deaf."

They wrongly accuse Tehran of having nuclear weapons ambitions. As a result, lawless sanctions were opposed. Saber rattling continues, and other belligerent threats are made. Iran's always been open to dialogue but gets spurned.

On October 4, The New York Times headlined "Iran Offers Plan, Dismissed by US, on Nuclear Crisis," saying:

A "nine-step plan" was proposed. Cooperation cuts two ways. Significant concessions are essential on both sides. Justifiably, Iran wants sanctions ended. Interfering with its oil sales must stop.

US officials dismissed Tehran's proposal. They called it unworkable. It came during the General Assembly's meeting last month. It replicates what Iran offered European officials in July.

It calls for incrementally ending sanctions. In return, Iran will stop enriching uranium at one of two sites. Once all sanctions are lifted and normalized relations reestablished, Fordo site enrichment will be suspended.

Washington claims Iran's not serious. Its offer wants headlines. Guarantees don't back it. An unnamed Obama official said:

"The way they have structured it, you can move the fuel around, and it stays inside the country. They could restart the program in a nanosecond. They don't have to answer any questions from the inspectors."

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Obstructionism is longstanding US policy. So is planned regime change. All independent countries are targeted. Iran tops the list. Deal-making foils or delays plans made years ago. Why deal when subvert, destabilize, and do whatever else it takes to replace unwanted governments with subservient ones.

On October 3, Hillary Clinton said Washington won't relax sanctions. She blamed Iran for lawless US measures and other anti-Iranian practices.

On October 2, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran won't relinquish its lawful nuclear rights. "If somebody thinks that he can bring the Iranian nation to the negotiating table and to (resuming) relations through ill temper and pressure, he is definitely wrong," he stressed.

"If they have such expectation, they should change their method and correct their behavior."

Asked if Iran was retreating on its nuclear rights, he added:

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"What do you mean by Iran, Ahmadinejad or the Iranian nation? Neither the nation nor Ahmadinejad is of the type that retreats."

On October 3, Iran's UN mission deplored "baseless" allegations made by Canadian Foreign Minister John Russell Baird. He called Tehran "the most significant threat to global peace and security""

"Canada," he said, "urges Iran to comply with its international nuclear obligations and to cease sensitive enrichment activities."

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