Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

World at a Glance; Iran Cuts off Ties with UN but Schedules Russia Talks

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

World at a Glance; Iran Cuts off Ties with UN but Schedules Russia Talks

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. IRAN heightened fears that it plans to make nuclear weapons after banning United Nations inspectors from its nuclear facilities.

The country says it will no longer allow on-the-spot UN checks of its nuclear sites and will also lift the suspension on full-scale uranium enrichment. But the foreign ministry has left the door open for negotiations by saying talks with Russia on a compromise deal would go ahead. The deal would involve Iran enriching uranium inside Russia.

Uranium enrichment is a process that creates fuel for nuclear reactors and, potentially, for a nuclear bomb, although Iran insists its programme is for energy production purposes only.

The International Atomic Energy Agency has reported Iran to the UN Security Council which could lead to sanctions. Foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki said: "Yesterday we had two options. One was the option of resistance and the other was surrender. We chose resistance."

Nobel bid for brave submariners .

A SOVIET submarine captain and his crew who supposedly averted a world war have been put forward for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Captain Nikolai Zateev, who was played by Harrison Ford in the movie K-19: The Widowmaker, prevented what would have been an appalling nuclear accident during the Cold War.

He led the crew of a K-19 nuclear submarine and on 4 July 1961, coolant began to leak from the vessel's reactor, which would have led to a huge nuclear explosion if left unchecked.

But the crew bravely fixed the leak despite knowingly exposing themselves to lethal radiation.

Eight died from radiation sickness and fewer than 60 of the 139 crew survive today. Their nomination is backed by Mikhail Gorbachev, himself a past winner.

Picture of the day .

THE 57th Sapporo Snow Festival in northern Japan will attract 2. …

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