DUBAI - Iran denied on Saturday a US media report that it had offered a "nine-step plan" aimed at solving its stand-off with the West over its disputed nuclear program.

The New York Times reported on Thursday that Iran had proposed a plan to European officials that required the West to lift harsh oil and economic sanctions in return for the eventual suspension of uranium enrichment by Tehran.

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It reported Iranian officials tried to gather support for the proposal during a visit last month to the United Nations.