Boats at a harbour on the island of Iturup, or Etorofu in Japanese, one of the Kuril Islands. Photo: AFP

Kuril Islands: What to know about the islands at the centre of a territorial dispute between Russia and Japan

  • The feud over a string of volcanic islands has prevented the two countries from signing a formal second world war peace treaty
  • The islands are rich in hot springs and minerals and rare metals such as rhenium, which is used in the production of supersonic aircraft
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Boats at a harbour on the island of Iturup, or Etorofu in Japanese, one of the Kuril Islands. Photo: AFP
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