Days before talks with Western powers over its disputed nuclear program, Iran reports that it has discovered new deposits of raw uranium and identified sites suitable for 16 more nuclear power stations.
U.N. inspectors have found "nothing to be worried about" in their first report after visiting a previously clandestine uranium-enrichment site south of Tehran. The clean assessment, which described the site as a "hole in a mountain," may cause critics to now look for more diplomatic solutions to Iran's nuclear program.
Mohamed El Baradei cautioned on Monday that as many as 30 nations could rapidly develop nuclear weapons. The International Atomic Energy Agency chief warned that countries are "hedging their bets" by developing peaceful nuclear programs that could provide the necessary technology and material for weaponization.
In his country's first formal statement since its claimed atomic bomb test on Monday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il said he would consider additional sanctions imposed on the country an act of war
North Korea's No. 2 leader, Kim Yong-nam, threatened a second nuclear test if the U.S. refuses to back down: "If the United States continues to take a hostile attitude and apply pressure on us in various forms, we will have no choice but to take physical steps to deal with that."