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Iran to offer West ‘new package’
Tehran, Jul 11 (Agencies/DPA):
Published on 11 Jul. 2009 11:52 PM IST
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Iran’s government says it is preparing a new package of proposals to put to the West. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said it would concern “political, security and international issues”. He was speaking in Tehran hours after G8 leaders said they were appalled at Iran’s disputed presidential election. US President Barack Obama said global leaders were also “deeply troubled” by Iran’s nuclear programme. Iran denies it is trying to build a nuclear bomb. Mr Mottaki played down international concerns, saying there had been “no new message from the G8”. “We are going to present our package which will be a basis to negotiate all regional and international issues,” he told a news conference in Tehran, without giving further details. “The package can be a good basis for talks with the West.” The US has threatened tough sanctions if Iran rejects offers of engagement over its nuclear programme. Iran says its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes, but has been accused by Western countries of seeking nuclear weapons. Iran to hang 12 rebels next week Twelve members of a rebel group are to be hanged by the end of next week, a judicial officer said Saturday. The men are members of the Sunni rebel group Jundallah (Soldiers of God), including Abdol-Hamid Rigi, the brother of the group’s leader Abdolmalik Rigi. Ebrahim Hamidi told Fars news agency that the 12 men would be hanged by Friday in Zahdean, capital of the Sistan-Baluchestan province. Besides drug-trafficking and kidnapping, Iran accuses Jundullah of sowing discord between Shias, who form the majority of Iranian Muslims, and the Sunni minority living mainly in the south-eastern and south-western provinces of Iran. Bordering Afghanistan and Pakistan, Sistan-Baluchestan is a major transit route for narcotics and also has been hit by a string of attacks and kidnappings that authorities blame on Jundullah.

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