Iran said on Sunday the West’s “carrot and stick” method for getting it to halt sensitive nuclear fuel work was doomed to failure. Iran’s case has been returned to the U.N. Security Council because the Islamic Republic failed to heed a U.N. demand to suspend uranium enrichment, a process the West believes Tehran is using to develop atomic weapons, despite Iranian denials.
Reuters 22nd Oct 2006
Relatively little is known about its approach to the nuclear crisis, other than that it has spent several years resisting Washington’s calls for stronger actions. Beneath this reluctance, however, lies a long-term strategy of integration across the China-North Korea border that is designed to replicate China’s own transformation into a more open and stable society and serve its own interests by promoting economic regeneration of the north-eastern provinces.
Guardian 23rd Oct 2006
NORTH Korea’s plans for another nuclear test hinge on US policy, leader Kim Jong II has allegedly said. He is claimed to have told a Chinese envoy last week there will be no immediate second test – but Pyongyang “would have to respond if America continues to apply pressure”.
Daily Mirror 23rd Oct 2006
British Energy engineers will launch a wave of inspections this week to quantify the extent of the damage across its plants that last week undermined both the share price and prospects for eventual full privatisation. The company expects to get a clearer picture of the extent of its operational problems by the end of November, when the inspections should be completed.
FT 23rd Oct 2006