Putin and Bush discuss Iran nuclear dispute

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US counterpart George W. Bush on Monday discussed the standoff over Iran's nuclear program, the Kremlin said. The conversation took place at Bush's request, the Kremlin said, but did not give details about the talk's outcome. The two sides "discussed interaction on urgent international problems, including the Iranian nuclear issue, on which numerous consultations at various levels are to be held in the coming days," the Kremlin said in a statement. The UN Security Council is expected this week to begin debating new steps aimed at persuading Iran to comply with international demands to halt its uranium enrichment activities.