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4th April 2018 – FDD Research

The IAEA’s Right and Obligation to Inspect Military Facilities in Iran

Olli Heinonen

In order for the nuclear deal with Iran to ensure the “exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program,” the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) must be able to inspect all necessary locations either in the territory of Iran or under its control elsewhere, including all military sites.[1] more...

8th November 2017 – i24

The Rundown

Olli Heinonen

FDD's Olli Heinonen discusses Iran on i24's The Rundown. more...

30th October 2017 – Quoted by Rick Gladstone - The New York Times

Nuclear Scientists Urge Congress to Protect Iran Deal

Olli Heinonen

More than 90 top American experts in atomic sciences, including a designer of the hydrogen bomb, publicly threw their weight behind the Iran nuclear agreement on Monday, exhorting Congress to preserve the accord in the face of President Trump’s disavowal of it. more...

25th October 2017 – Quoted by Tim Ryan - Courthouse News

Experts Warn Congress Against Exiting Iran Nuclear Deal

Olli Heinonen

Voicing concern about the Trump administration’s recent move to decertify the Iran nuclear agreement, experts told Congress on Wednesday that there are steps America can take to counter Iran’s threats without backing away from the controversial deal. more...

23rd October 2017 – Quoted by James Reinl - The Middle East Eye

Congress can get tough on Iran and still preserve nuclear deal: Former IAEA official

Olli Heinonen

Washington can clamp down harder on Iran’s nuclear programme without ditching a 2015 deal brokered by the Obama administration, nuclear expert Olli Heinonen told Middle East Eye ahead of his congressional appearance this week. more...

10th October 2017 – BBC Panorama

North Korea’s Nuclear Trump Card

Olli Heinonen

FDD Senior Advisor Olli Heinonen discusses North Korea on BBC Panorama. more...

10th October 2017 – Quoted by Aaron Klein - Jewish Press

Quick Takes - The Iran Deal

Olli Heinonen

President Trump is facing a looming October 15 deadline mandated by a law requiring the U.S. president to certify every 90 days that Iran is keeping its side of the Obama administration-brokered nuclear agreement and that the deal continues to be “vital to the national security interests of the United States.” more...

9th October 2017 – Quoted by Tzvi Fleischer - Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council

Scribblings: Defective Inspection

Olli Heinonen

As noted elsewhere in this magazine, on September 7, Israeli warplanes allegedly attacked what is thought to have been a Syrian regime chemical weapons and missile research facility near the city of Hama. more...

4th October 2017 – Quoted by Shashank Bengali - Los Angeles Times

World’s most robust’ nuclear inspection program under fire as Trump tries to rewrite the Iran deal

Olli Heinonen

Inside two curved glass towers on the outskirts of this elegant capital, analysts pore over satellite imagery and tests of environmental samples collected from nuclear sites in Iran. more...

2nd October 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Nonproliferation Expert: Missing Verification Means Nuke Deal with Iran is “Not Fully Implemented”

Olli Heinonen

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) admission that it had not verified Section T of the nuclear deal with Iran shows that “the deal is not fully implemented,” the president of a nonproliferation think tank told Fox News on Sunday. more...

2nd October 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Nonproliferation Expert: Missing Verification Means Nuke Deal with Iran is “Not Fully Implemented”

Olli Heinonen

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) admission that it had not verified Section T of the nuclear deal with Iran shows that “the deal is not fully implemented,” the president of a nonproliferation think tank told Fox News on Sunday. more...

27th September 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

IAEA Chief: We Are Now Unable to Verify Iran is Implementing Nuclear Deal

Olli Heinonen

The Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that his organization is unable to verify that Iran is implementing the nuclear deal because he does not have the means to ensure that Tehran has not engaged in activities that “could contribute to the development of a nuclear explosive device,” in an interview published Wednesday by Reuters. more...

19th September 2017 – Quoted by Trunews

Former Official: IAEA Has Credibility Issues

Olli Heinonen

In a new interview, Dr. Olli Heinonen, former deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, questioned how the organization can fully inspect Iran’s nuclear program without gaining access to its military bases. more...

15th September 2017 – Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Former IAEA Deputy Director: Iran Inspection Regime ‘Less Instrusive’ Since 2015 Nuclear Deal

Olli Heinonen

A former deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Agency warned this week that data released by the organization showing an increase in inspections at Iran’s nuclear facilities conveys a greater pattern of cooperation on the Tehran regime’s part than is actually the case. more...

14th September 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

IAEA Inspections in Iran under the JCPOA

Olli Heinonen

The IAEA remains an important organization dedicated to preventing nuclear proliferation. Leveraging its inspectorate’s unique authority to access people, places, and facilities will be indispensable to the full and meaningful implementation of the JCPOA. more...

14th September 2017 – Quoted by David Ignatius - The Washington Post

The right question to ask about the Iran nuclear deal

Olli Heinonen

The Trump administration, already struggling with a big nuclear problem in North Korea , is about to raise another one by questioning the implementation of the nuclear agreement with Iran. more...

13th September 2017 – Quoted by Peter Kenyon - NPR

Access To Military Sites Debated As White House Reconsiders Iran Nuclear Deal

Olli Heinonen

Two deadlines are approaching that may signal the fate of the 2015 nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The agreement saw Iran sharply curtail its nuclear program and allow extensive inspections in return for the lifting of international sanctions. more...

4th September 2017 – France 24

The Debate

Olli Heinonen

FDD senior advisor Olli Heinonen discusses how the US should North Korea on The Debate on France 24 more...

1st September 2017 – Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

Unless Iran Allows Inspectors into Its Military Sites, It Can Violate the Nuclear Deal with Impunity

Olli Heinonen

Section T of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—as the agreement to restrict the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program is formally known—forbids Tehran from engaging in certain activities, and from producing or acquiring certain equipment, that would be necessary for building atomic weapons. more...

31st August 2017 – Quoted by David E. Sanger and Rick Gladstone

Contradicting Trump, U.N. Monitor Says Iran Complies With Nuclear Deal

Olli Heinonen

The world’s nuclear inspectors complicated President Trump’s effort to find Iran in violation of the two-year-old nuclear accord with the United States and five other world powers, declaring on Thursday that the latest inspections found no evidence that the country is breaching the agreement. more...