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Washington (CNN) -- A "high priority" part of U.S. efforts to reach out to Iranians has been silenced because of a two-year delay in building an important radio transmitter, according to a new government report.
The State Department inspector general's report says the delays hurt U.S. efforts to broadcast news and information into Iran in crucial periods during the 2009 Iranian election and the following civil unrest.
"U.S. interests require the immediate completion of a transmitter that can reach all of Iran," the report says.
The 600,000-watt transmitter -- designed to reach a high p