US aims to spend money in Iran
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
New York, April 11, IRNA
For the first time in a quarter-century of estrangement from Iran, the Bush administration is openly preparing to spend government funds in that country to promote what it called democracy, USA Today said.
Congress has appropriated dlrs 3 million, and the State Department is inviting proposals from "educational institutions, humanitarian groups, non-governmental organizations and individuals inside Iran to support the advancement of democracy and human rights," according to an announcement posted Friday on the Website of the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.
The U.S. government already spends nearly dlrs 15 million a year on radio and TV broadcasts into Iran in the Persian language. But the United States has not given money directly to Iranians or U.S.
organizations to work in Iran because of long-standing hostility and a U.S. prohibition on spending money there.
Iran's ambassador to the United Nations, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Sunday called the U.S. plan "a clear violation of the Algiers accords," which freed 52 U.S. Embassy hostages in Iran in 1918.
Zarif said Iran "has the option" of complaining to a special court in the Netherlands. Under the Algiers agreement, the United States pledged "not to intervene directly or indirectly, politically or militarily, in Iran's internal affairs."
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