Iran Reponds to UN Demands
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Iran wants to resume talks about its nuclear program, but nobody thinks it will stop enriching uranium that could provide fuel for an atom bomb. We look at the available options--including military action--and at the political dynamics inside Iran. Plus, 11 suspects appear in British court today over the alleged airline terror plot, and a world-class mathematician says no to riches and fame.
Eleven Suspects Appear in Court over Alleged Airline Terror Plot ()
Eleven suspects in the alleged plot to blow up airliners bound for the US were brought to court today in Britain. The charges include conspiracy to murder, and so-called "martyrdom videos" are part of the evidence. Kim Sengupta, defense correspondent for The Independent, was in the courthouse and has the details.
Iran Reponds to UN Demands ()
Iran has until the end of this month for a final response to the UN Security Council's incentive package for halting the enrichment of uranium that could lead to building a nuclear bomb. Today, Iran met its own deadline, proposing what's described in Tehran as "a new formula," which has not as yet been released to the public. At the United Nations, where the US and other Security Council members are studying the response, US Ambassador John Bolton called the move "a significant moment." Nevertheless, nobody thinks Tehran will stop enriching uranium. If it refuses, can the UN agree on punishment for Iran's suspected progress in building a nuclear bomb? The available options might hurt Council members as much as they hurt Iran. Is military action still "on the table?" What are the political stakes inside Iran?
- Christopher Dickey: Middle East Editor, Newsweek magazine
- Simon Tisdall: Assistant Editor, Guardian newspaper
- Frank Gaffney: President and Founder, Center for Security Policy
- Jim Walsh: Research Associate, MIT's Security Studies Program
Russian Mathematician Refuses Field's Highest Honor ()
Grigory Perelman, who could be rich or famous for proving the Poincar&eaucte; Conjecture, has declined to pick up the Field Medal, the mathematical equivalent of the Nobel Prize, at a ceremony in Madrid for solving a problem first posed in 1904. Silvia Nasar, who wrote A Beautiful Mind about another famous mathematician, interviewed the reclusive 40 year-old Russian for this week's New Yorker magazine.<br>
- Sylvia Nasar: author, 'A Beautiful Mind'
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