‘Babri demolition planned 10 months in advance’

‘Babri demolition planned 10 months in advance’

Press Trust of India
Posted online: Sunday, January 30, 2005

BabriNew Delhi, January 31: In a claim that tears apart the stand of Sangh Parivar, a book authored by a former top Intelligence Bureau (IB) official says that Babri Masjid demolition was planned 10 months in advance by top leaders of RSS, BJP and VHP and raises questions over the way the then Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao, had handled the issue.

It also blames certain close aides of former Prime Minister Late Rajiv Gandhi, for his Government’s failures on various fronts, including in Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, while detailing how Rashtrapati Bhavan was bugged by the PMO when Giani Zail Singh occupied it and how Rajiv paid money to ensure the electoral defeat of his Home Minister Buta Singh.

A compilation of several sensational claims by former IB Joint Director Maloy Krishna Dhar, in his book ‘Open Secrets-India’s Intelligence Unveiled’ alleges that the Mandal agitation of 1990 was “inspired, guided and funded” by the Congress under Rajiv Gandhi to topple the Government of V P Singh.

Touching on Babri Masjid demolition, the author writes “Around February 1992, soon after the flop ‘Ekta Yatra’ of Murli Manohar Joshi, I was directed to arrange technical coverage of a key meeting of the BJP/Sangh Parivar. The meeting was to be attended by Lal Krishna Advani, M M Joshi, Rajju Bhaiya (then RSS chief), K S Sudarshan, Vijaya Raje Scindia, H S Sheshadri, Vinay Katiyar, Uma Bharati and Champat Rai etc,” the author says.

Unfazed by questions whether he was worried that the book may cause problems because he was disclosing confidential matters, Dhar told PTI “I have written it after a lot of thinking and consideration.”

About possible court cases against him, he said “let’s see. Now I have written it. But I don’t apprehend any legal problems.”

The “audio and videotape” contents of the meeting “proved beyond doubt that the high priests of hatred had helped the Sangh Parivar to adopt a strident Hindutva programme soon after the assassination of Indira Gandhi.

“The Rajiv interlude had sent them to political oblivion but the lessons learnt during the JP movement and anti-Rajiv campaign had convinced the Parivar leaders that the right moment of history had arrived for the Hindu forces to make a determined bid for political power,” he writes in the book.

The book says that the February meeting “proved beyond doubt that they (RSS, BJP, VHP) had drawn up the blueprint of the Hindutva assault in the coming months and choreographed the ‘pralaya nritya’ (dance of destruction) at Ayodhya in December 1992.”

“The RSS, BJP, VHP and the Bajrang Dal leaders present in the meeting amply agreed to work in a well-orchestrated manner,” the sleuth says.

RSS, BJP and VHP have been maintaining that the demolition was a result of impromptu action by some angry kar sevaks and that the top leadership had tried to stop them.

Pointing out that the tapes were personally handed by him to his boss, Dhar says “I have no doubt that he had shared the chilling contents with the Prime Minister (Rao) and the Home Minister (S B Chavan).”

“But the man at the helm of affairs of Indira Congress was an indecisive person. He had regained some jest for life and had started dreaming of short-circuiting the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty… He dithered. And L.K. Advani and his colleagues crossed the ramparts of history and generated passion that demolished an insignificant mosque…,” he remarks.

Referring to the the December 5,1992 meeting of RSS, VHP, BJP and Shiv Sena leaders, including Advani and M M Joshi, the author says “There was silent resoluteness and agreement that Ayodhya offered a unique opportunity to take the Hindutva wave to the peak for deriving political benefit. The iron was hot and this was the time to hit.”

Dhar, who outlines how he merged with the huge crowds of ‘kar sevaks’ pretending to be a journalist and got the proceedings shot on December 6,1992, says that vandalism was committed by activists of the Shiv Sena while Sangh Parivar leaders indulged in “irresponsible rhetoric”.

“L K Advani had spat fire from the pulpit but he failed to control the flames. Taped videos substantiated that he was progenitor of the tsunami effect that he failed to control at the vital moment of destiny,” says the sleuth claiming to have made a videotape and 70 still snaps.

“Much later, soon after the NDA Government assumed office in Delhi and the BJP top guns were summoned by the Liberhan Commission to depose before it, I was twice summoned by L.K. Advani,” Dhar reveals.

He says Advani wanted to know details of the videotape and “demanded that I should produce it as a piece of evidence.

“I simply did not have any copy of the tape with me. The only copy was consigned to the ‘archives’ of the IB, somewhere outside Delhi. I gave a verbal account of the event and requested him to obtain the tape from the Director IB.”

Dhar says he was unsure whether or not the Director IB “obliged” Advani. “The then Director had established a close rapport with certain officials of the PMO and I was told that he was advised by them to not produce the tape that could take Advani off the hook… Advani was still considered a powerful contender for the office of the Prime Minister.”

On the anti-Mandal agitation, the former IB official says that it was “far from a spontaneous response” against reservation for the backward castes.

“It was inspired, guided and funded by the Indira Congress and was handled by the Indira Congress trouble-shooters,” he says, claiming that a large amount of money was spent on the agitation which came from the “dark chambers of the Indira Congress Party.”

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India court splits mosque site between religions

[Why would Indian courts create an Indian equivalent of Jerusalem’s divided and constantly fought over Temple Mount, in Ayodhya?  Over 2,000 Muslims died in street battles after insane mobs of Hindu rioters tore the Babri Mosque to the ground in 1992.  How many more lives will this decision cost?  This decision, in the current political environment, is very dangerous, perhaps being the spark that will ignite religious war on the sub-continent between nuclear-armed combatants.]

Babri Mosque, before being torn down by Hindu rioters in 1992.

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India court splits mosque site between religions

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A model of a proposed Ram temple, which Hindus want to build on the site of the demolished Babri Mosque, is pictured in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya September 30, 2010.
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A Hindu priest shouts slogans as he celebrates after hearing the first reports of a court ruling in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya September 30, 2010.
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Sadhus or Hindu holymen hug each other to celebrate after hearing the first reports of a court ruling in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya September 30, 2010.
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Hindu priests shout slogans as they celebrate after hearing the first reports of a court ruling in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya September 30, 2010.
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By Alka Pande

LUCKNOW, India | Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:45am EDT

(Reuters) – An Indian court ruled on Thursday that the site of a demolished mosque would be split between Hindus and Muslims, dousing immediate fears of a violent backlash in one of the country’s most religiously divisive cases.

The Uttar Pradesh court also ruled Hindus will be allowed to keep a makeshift temple that was built over the demolished central mosque dome, sparking celebrations by priests who dipped in a nearby river chanting “The temple is now ours.”

The 1992 demolition of the 16th century mosque in northern India by Hindu mobs triggered some of India’s worst riots that killed about 2,000 people. More than 200,000 police fanned out in India on Thursday to guard against any communal violence.

If the ruling soothes tensions, it would be a boost for the ruling Congress party, a left-of-center group with secular roots, that does not want to upset either voter bloc. Major political parties had called for calm.

The verdict came only days before Sunday’s opening of theCommonwealth Games in New Delhi, with the government wanting to project an image of stability and modernity to the world.

“Nobody has won. Nobody has lost,” Yashwant Sinha, a leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharat Janata Party, told local television. “Let’s not look at this as a victory for anyone.”

Muslims did appear the biggest losers. But Muslim organizations were measured in their response, careful not to inflame public tensions in a country where they account for only 13 percent of the 1.2 billion plus population.

There were no immediate reports of violence after the ruling.

“It was a very sensible judgment and the court has tried to balance the parties,” said Anil Verma, a political analyst. “Apportioning one-third to the Muslims means they have not completely lost.”

Commentators said the verdict was unlikely to spark widespread riots that hit the financial capital Mumbai and other cities in 1992. There is little electoral headway to be made in egging on religious riots in post-economic reform India.

The 2-1 majority verdict gave two-thirds of the key parts of the disputed land to Hindus — one third each to two different Hindu groups — and one third to Muslims.

Hindu inhabitants of Ayodhya town — under a security lockdown for a week — lit candles and lamps outside their homes.

MUSLIM DISAPPOINTMENT

Many Muslim organizations expressed some disappointment but called for reconciliation, resting hopes in an appeal by Muslim lawyers to the Supreme Court in New Delhi.

“The judgment can begin a process of reconciliation,” Kamal Farooqi, a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said.

Malik sees global plot to destabilise Pakistan

[The Minister of Interior is absolutely right, it is time for a moment of  “Glasnost” in Pakistan, an opening-up or revealing to the Pakistani people and to the world just exactly what is really going on in Balochistan.  If the government of Pakistan is serious about clarifying the situation for its citizens, it will be taking the only possible defensive action against the unfolding international conspiracy.  If the smokescreen which hides the actions of the destabilizing intelligence agencies is not blown away, the perpetrators will continue to dismember Pakistan while hiding behind the smoke.  A lot of very powerful people are counting on Pakistan dying quietly; you cannot let that happen.  If the government comes clean and confronts the real killers, then it will find that the people are on their side.  Law and order will be less of a problem if people can count on the law to protect them, not harass and kill them.]

Malik sees global plot to destabilise Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Interior, Senator A. Rehman Malik talking to the media persons outside Parliament House. APP

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Wednesday said in the Senate that Pakistan was being destabilized under a well-planned international conspiracy because it was an Islamic state and a nuclear power.

Winding up the debate on the law and order situation in the Senate, with particular reference to Karachi, the minister said foreign intelligence agencies trained the Pakistanis and used them for attacks in Pakistan and abroad to advance their agenda. “They also try to pit one sect against another in the country,” he said.

On the last day of discussion on the Karachi situation, the minister had to face strong criticism from the opposition senators, particularly from Professor Khurshid Ahmad and Sajid Mir, who said that the government itself was facilitating foreign hands as they referred to issuance of visas to nationals of a third country in Dubai.

During his speech, Rehman Malik also claimed that the law and order situation was improving with reduction in incidents of target killings in Karachi and Quetta.

He said a decision was taken to take action in six police stations of Quetta, which were no-go areas and as a result 103 proclaimed offenders, 97 target killers and 60 absconders were arrested and since then there had been no incident of target killing in Quetta city.

The minister offered that a fact-finding mission should be sent to determine whether the FC was in any way involved in the Panjgur incident. He said he was also ready for a judicial inquiry or inquiry within the Senate.

The interior minister said the poor law and order situation in Karachi was mainly because of political polarization and the government, including the president and the prime minister, were trying to resolve it. He said there were also other factors of unrest and violent incidents in the city like economic pressure, drug and land mafia.

Rehman Malik said he never talked about initiation of a Swat and Malakand-like operation in Balochistan. About the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, he said the province was a frontline region in the war on terror and suffered heavily both in terms of life and property. He, however, said the situation had improved as a consequence of the operations launched by the Army and law enforcing agencies and now life had returned to normal in the troubled areas.

The interior minister said the government was following the 3-D policy, which was working well. He said the government was pursuing the policy of reconciliation but it could not talk to those who trampled the Islamic teachings by indulging in acts of terrorism.

He said it was the duty of the government to protect life and property of citizens but it was the nation’s collective responsibility to sit together and formulate an effective strategy. He said he was ready to give an in-camera briefing to parliament so that the members might have an idea what actually was happening.

About issuance of visas to nationals of a third country in Dubai, the minister said the visas were issued within rules. “How the visas can be refused when there was nothing wrong with passports and applicants themselves,” he asked.

Professor Khurshid said that Pakistan government should find ways to come out of the war on terror as it had resulted in insecurity and deterioration of the law and order situation in the country. He regretted that incidents of target killings were continuing in Karachi despite assurances from the interior minister. “The government is not alive and sensitive to the law and order situation, particularly in Karachi and Balochistan,” the JI senator observed. He said culprits were receiving patronage from politicians.

Professor Khurshid said all was not good with the lower judiciary and the masses were not getting speedy justice from there. “The improvement in the working of the Supreme Court and high courts should also trickle down to the lower judiciary,” he said.

Senator Sajid Mir of the PML-N said the statements of rulers about improvement in the law and order situation and their assurances in this connection were baseless.

He said the government itself was facilitating enemies of the country and in this connection he referred to the issuance of visas to nationals of a third country in Dubai. “Such an attitude and presence of foreign agents in the country will deteriorate the law and order situation,” he said.

He observed that incidents of terrorism in the country could not be controlled till the time the US forces and Indians were present in Afghanistan.

Maulana Abdul Rasheed asked the interior minister to apprise the House of the actual reasons behind the acts of terrorism and target killings.

NNI adds: Rehman Malik said that violation of Pakistan’s territorial integrity by any country would not be allowed and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani would raise the issue with the US.

Talking to the media outside the Parliament House, Rehman Malik said that Pakistan registered a protest with the US, Nato and Afghanistan over transgression of its territory. He said that an investigation was underway and a report in this regard would be made public soon.

Earlier, Malik told the National Assembly that Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s brother had appealed in US Supreme Court against his sister’s 86-year conviction. He said the US did not fulfill legalities of the case. He also asserted that the concerned lawyers did not defend the case as was expected from them.

Talking about his meeting with Dr Fauzia Siddiqui, the minister said Dr Aafia’s family was not seeking any assistance from the government. However, he confirmed the family was being provided all kinds of legal and monetary assistance.

Hobsonian Choice for Delhi: Kashmir or UNSC seat?

Hobsonian Choice for Delhi: Kashmir or UNSC seat?

Rupee News

The Obama “Kashmir trip” is being planned in Washington–and it sends shivers up the spine of Delhi analysts. Political Scientists around the world are analyzing every word spoken by President Obama.

This has not been a good month for India. The fiasco in Afghanistan, the debacle of the Delhi Games, the Ayodhya verdict and now the UN report disparaging. Not good news for Shining India. The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is ready to publish a report describing the brutal human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir. The strongly-worded report will diligently take an inventory of all the events that took place in the Indian Occupied Kashmir valley after June 11. The report will prolifically describe the atrocities committed by Indian security forces from June to September. The panicked Indian side is holding secret talks with the top UN hierarchy and will try to convince them not to publish the strongly worded report. “Hundreds of cases of murders, assaults, and torture on youth, women and children are going to be reported sometime any sooner”. The Chinese are pushing the UN to publish the report as soon as possible.

There is copious information available on the UN, Kashmir and Obama’s agenda for it. Most of the Obama policy is based on the writings and agenda of one Bruce Riedel who seems to have found the Alladin’s Lamp in resolving all problems of South Asia.

For the U.S., reducing and resolving the India-Pakistan Cold War before it goes hot is critical to stability in South Asia, isolating the jihadi extremists and preventing a war in South Asia that could go nuclear. Riedel

The Times of India places a lot of emphasis on Bruce Riedel because it suts the Delhi solutions. Bob Woodward’s book, “Obama’s Wars” also has excerpts that discusses Kashmir as central issue which would resolve Afghanistan.

Mr Riedel seems to think that he can impose his agenda on Pakistan and India and eliminate all the tensions in South Asia. Mr. Riedel’s solution to Kashmir goes something like this.

1) The LOC is made the permanent border between Pakistan and India.

2) The border between Azad Kashmir and Indian Occupied Kashmir is made a soft border.

3) The Legislature of Indian Occupied Kashmir and Azad Kashmir meet on a periodic basis to resolve arts and craft issues.

Mr. Riedel seems to think that this is a solution. Obvioulsy he is not aware of the ground realities in Kashmir or in Pakistan–or in India for that matter. The Kashmiri Intifada doesn’t want the status quo sprinkled with M&Ms called “Fake Azadi Made in USA”. The Kashmiris want a real solution–they want the withdrawal of Indiai troops and they want accession with Pakistan.

Despite the threats and drone bombings, the ground realities in Afghanistan spell defeat and humiliation. Naveeta Kapoor eloquently describes is as follows “The recent spate of Kinetic activities indicate growing restless of America in resolving Af Pak or should we say Pak Af.There is one consistent message emanating from the “surge” about the Afghanistan conflict: it will be won or lost in the corridors of Islamabad and not the ravines of Waziristan.”

Various analysts have described the situation in Afghanistan–from desperate to hopeless. “A Proliferation of sticks now”, says that until Islamabad decides to end the conflict on terms favorable to it in Afghanistan: the end is nowhere in sight.

The Indian obsession with trying to force itself to a party in Kabul doesn’t fit into the Obama Strategy for Afghanistan. Delhi knows that Islamabad holds the cards in Afghanistan and in a classic quid pro quo is holding the US to resolve Kashmir–per UN resolutions.

Obama is still drinking the Musharraf coolaid which says that “that neither Pakistan nor India would be better off if the United States walked out of Afghanistan”.  The Obama Administration seems to think that perpetual war in Afghanistan is somehow good for Pakistan and India. The fact is that in Delhi’s mind staying in Afghanistan is good for Delhi but not good for Islamabad. In a classic Zero-Sum mentality India seems to think that bleeding Pakistan is good for India. Pakistan faces the spillover from Afghanistan. Delhi faces the backlash from Kashmir and Afghanistan but is unable to recognize the blowback.

American’s seem to know which buttons make India tick. Mention “Superpower” and they will do whatever you want. Condaleeza Rice promised to anoint Bahrat as a Superpower and the Indian establishment went ga ga. The Obama Administration knows that a little bit of ego massage goes a long way in Delhi. He will hold a carrot for Delhi on his trip to Delhi. “Go for a Kashmir solution and help bring stability to the region for a ticket to UN Security Council membership and fulfilling your big power aspirations”.  Obama wants to impress on Delhi that what is good for India should also be good for Pakistan. Obama wants India to stop destabilizing Pakistan in Balochistan. In real terms it means an end to the Indian passport for Brahmandagh Bugti and a curtailment of the Indian “diplomatic staff” in Afghanistan.

Mr. Obama will hold the UNSC carrot for Delhi and a “resolution of Kashmir” reward for Pakistan.  A bad solution on Kashmir with neither mollify Islamabad nor assuage the Kashmiris. India is not convinced that a stable Pakistan is in its best interests. The Indian Military Industrial Complex is obsessed with Pakistan and a triumphalist media’s wet dream is the break up of Pakistan. The Kashmiri intifada has Delhi on its wits end. A Kashmir package was summarily rejected by the Pro-Pakistan Kashmir leadership which is running the show in Kashmir. The new generations of Kashmiris want no part of India and make no bones about loudly proclaiming that they are not Indian.

Obama is  obviously desperate and at this point in time pressurised by the looming deadline of the 2012 elections. Another major issue is the Pakistani elections in 2013 which are poised to either return Nawaz Sharif or a conglomeration of parties that may not be as compliant to the US as the current government.

India’s  Hobsons choice is as it has always been–resolving Kashmir, building peace in South Asia or  perpetual hostility with China and Pakistan. India has always been on the wrong side of history. It chose Kashmir over peace in 1948, and has been making the wrong choice ever since. A UNSC seat for India may make it pause. As always, it will take the seat, dilly-dally on a solution,  delay the talks on Kashmir.

Obama’s sales job would be to sell “Kashmir” as a win-win for India–else Delhi will think that it is “conceded irretrievable ground to Pakistan”. India will try to extract its pound of flesh by brining up “Terror” and other issues. However there is a danger to this line of argument because in actuality it strengthens the Obama argument which focuses on resolving Kashmir.

Master Plan against Crimes Prepared: Balochistan Police Chief

[SEE: Malik sees global plot to destabilise Pakistan]

The Baloch Hal News

QUETTA: Inspector General Balochistan Malik Muhammad Iqbal has unveiled that a master plan had been finalized to control crimes in the province.

According to a statement issued on Tuesday, he mentioned that a number of criminals had been busted who were involved in kidnapping for ransom.

He pledged that decision had been taken to take strict action against criminal networks involved in rising crimes particularly kidnapping for ransom.

He observed that steps were being taken to change police culture in order to bring citizens and police together.

He opined that alone police could not end crimes until masses extended collaboration to them. He said that plain clothes policemen had been deployed in sensitive areas of Quetta city besides increasing police patrolling on main arteries of the city.

Iran Announces Delay in Startup of Its Nuclear Reactor Following Cyber Attack

Iran Announces Delay in Startup of Its Nuclear Reactor Following Cyber Attack, But Denies Any Link

Iran’s nuclear chief said Wednesday that the “enemies” of Iran had failed in their attempts to harm Iran’s nuclear facilities through the use of a powerful new computer virus.

Thursday, September 30, 2010
By Patrick Goodenough

Iran nuke, BushehrThe Bushehr nuclear power plant (Photo: Atomic Energy Organization of Iran)

(CNSNews.com) – Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor will not generate power before early 2011, about two months later than previously reported, the country’s nuclear chief has announced.

Ali Akbar Salehi gave no reason for the delay, but said Wednesday that the “enemies” of Iran had failed in attempts to harm the nuclear facilities through the use of a powerful new computer virus, which targets software that controls infrastructure.

He said the virus, known as Stuxnet, had infected some staff laptop computers at the Bushehr plant but not its main computer system.

When the transfer of fuel to the Russian-built reactor took place in August, the nuclear agency said the plant would begin producing electricity within two or three months.

Iranian officials acknowledged earlier this week that Stuxnet had affected sites throughout Iran, but did not identify them. On Sunday, Bushehr project manager Mahmoud Jafari told Iranian media the plant’s computer system had not been damaged.

Reports about Stuxnet’s emergence sparked feverish industry and media speculation that the virus may have been designed, possibly by a foreign government, specifically to target Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Ralph Langner, a German computer security researcher, analyzed Stuxnet as a sophisticated and directed attack.

“This was assembled by a highly qualified team of experts, involving some with specific control system expertise,” he wrote earlier. “This is not some hacker sitting in the basement of his parents’ house. To me, it seems that the resources needed to stage this attack point to a nation state.”

“It’s like nothing we’ve seen before – both in what it does, and how it came to exist,” says computer security firm Symantec. “It is the first computer virus to be able to wreak havoc in the physical world. It is sophisticated, well-funded, and there are not many groups that could pull this kind of threat off.”

Some 60 percent of Stuxnet hits have been in Iran, but systems in other countries, including India and Indonesia, have also been affected. In fact, Symantec reported back in July that in the early days of the attack India and Indonesia were most heavily hit, with Iran coming in at third place, some way behind.

Still, the Iran theory has garnered significant attention.

Iranian IT and Communications Minister Reza Taghipour told the IRNA news agency Wednesday that Iran expected the U.S. and other “enemies” to try to target it with cyber warfare, but that Iranian systems were “impenetrable.”

Iran insists that all of its nuclear activity is peaceful, but the U.S. and allied governments suspect it is developing a nuclear weapons capability under the cover of the civilian program.

In a move designed to dispel concerns that Iran may try to separate plutonium, which could be used in a weapons program, Russia has undertaken to supply fuel for the reactor on condition that Iran ships the spent fuel back to Russia.

But despite the assertion by Western governments that this would remove the justification for enriching uranium at home, Iran says it will continue with enrichment as it plans to build another 20 nuclear power plants in the future.

Another concern about Bushehr is that the required “cooling” period before which the irradiated fuel can be returned to Russia could provide the Iranians with the time and opportunity to separate plutonium covertly, despite international supervision.

The standoff between the West and Iran over its nuclear programs has dragged on since 2003.

Last week, the five permanent U.N. Security Council members and Germany (P5+1) announced a new push to work towards a negotiated solution that “restores international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program.”

Following a meeting in Washington with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wednesday, the European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton urged Iran to return to the talks.

Tehran recently announced its readiness to resume talks, but said any negotiation must be conducted within the framework of an agreement brokered by Turkey and Brazil last May, under which Iran would send some of its low-enriched uranium abroad for processing.

The U.S. and other critics said the agreement did not resolve key unresolved questions about Iran’s intentions.