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9th October 2018 – VOA

VOA Korea

Olli Heinonen

FDD's Olli Heinonen discusses North Korea's nuclear program. more...

27th September 2018 – Quoted by Felicia Schwartz, Micharl R. Gordon - The Wall Street Journal

Israeli Leader Alleges Iran Is Secretly Housing Materials for Nuclear Arms

Olli Heinonen

UNITED NATIONS—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of secretly housing nuclear materials and equipment, in his bid to persuade the international community that Tehran maintains its goal of developing atomic weapons despite its pledge otherwise. more...

6th September 2018 – FDD Report

IAEA Still Needs to Investigate Military Dimension of Iran’s Nuclear Program

Olli Heinonen

The board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will meet in Vienna beginning on September 10 and will receive briefings beforehand from the IAEA secretariat. The upcoming meeting represents an important opportunity for the board of governors to address the possible military dimensions (PMD) of the Iranian nuclear program, especially after the discovery of an atomic archive in Tehran raised new concerns about whether Iran had declared all of its nuclear-related activities to the IAEA. more...

15th July 2018 – Quoted by Joby Warrick - The Washington Post

Papers stolen in an Israeli raid on Tehran archive reveal the extent of Iran’s past weapons research

Olli Heinonen

New details from a trove of Iranian nuclear documents stolen by Israeli spies early this year show that Tehran obtained explicit weapons-design information from a foreign source and was on the cusp of mastering key bombmaking technologies when the research was ordered halted 15 years ago. more...

5th July 2018 – Bloomberg

Bloomberg TV

Olli Heinonen

FDD senior advisor on science and nonproliferation Olli Heinonen joined Bloomberg TV to discuss Secretary Pompeo’s visit to Pyongyang following the Singapore summit. more...

13th June 2018 – NPR

All Things Considered

Olli Heinonen

FDD's Olli Heinonen joins NPR to discuss what it would take to denuclearize North Korea, following the summit held between Kim Jong Un and President Trump. more...

8th June 2018 – Quoted by Daniel-Dyland Bohmer - Die Welt

Das gefährliche Spiel des Iran mit roten Linien

Olli Heinonen

Es ist die Zeit des Pokerns. „Wir hoffen, dass ein Scheitern des Deals nicht eintreffen wird, aber technisch bereiten wir uns trotzdem schon vor“, sagte der Chef der iranischen Atombehörde, Ali Akbar Salehi, am Mittwochabend im iranischen Fernsehen. Das Interview wurde live aus der Uran-Anreicherungsanlage in Natans übertragen. more...

5th June 2018 – Quoted by Haruyuki Aikawa - The Mainichi

Ex-IAEA official says N. Korean denuclearization process must be large scale: interview

Olli Heinonen

Former Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Olli Heinonen said in a recent interview with the Mainichi Shimbun that any North Korean denuclearization process must be on a much larger scale than those for South Africa or Libya due to Pyongyang's advanced state of nuclear weapons development, and will require the involvement of monitoring researchers to stop the proliferation of relevant technologies. more...

23rd May 2018 – Quoted by Radio Farda

What Is Wrong With JCPOA? Former IAEA Official Explains

Olli Heinonen

A former senior official of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) believes that the problem with JCPOA is that it does not call for inspection of Iran’s military facilities. more...

21st May 2018 – Co-authored by Brig. Gen. (Res.) Prof. Jacob Nagel - FDD Research Memo

Deal or No Deal, The IAEA Must Monitor Iran’s Nuclear Program

Olli Heinonen, Jacob Nagel

Although the United States is withdrawing from the nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) retains both the right and the obligation to ensure the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program. more...

21st May 2018 – Quoted by Gregory Hellman - Politico

Politico Morning Defense

Olli Heinonen

Wall-to-wall NDAA action ahead more...

15th May 2018 – Quoted by Tom Davidson - Mirror

North Korea threatens to cancel Trump-Kim summit over South Korea-US military drills

Olli Heinonen

North Korea has threatened to cancel the much anticipated Trump-Kim summit over the South Korea-US military drills. more...

13th May 2018 – Quoted by Marco Giannangeli - Express UK

Iran’s Islamic regime could CRUMBLE under fresh US sanctions claim opposition groups

Olli Heinonen

It follows US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the nuclear deal - also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - agreed under President Barack Obama to curb the regime’s nuclear ambitions. more...

11th May 2018 – Quoted by Jim Michaels - USA Today

Dismantling North Korea nukes could be costly and take years to complete

Olli Heinonen

If President Trump persuades Kim Jong Un to dismantle North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, the effort would be unprecedented in its size and complexity, analysts say. more...

11th May 2018 – Quoted by The Israel Project

The Daily TIP: Iran Nuclear Documents are a “Jackpot,” Show Continued Intent to Make Bomb

Olli Heinonen

Nuclear Experts: Iran Nuclear Documents are a "Jackpot," Show Continued Intent to Make Bomb more...

11th May 2018 – Quoted by The Tower

Nuclear Experts: Iran Nuclear Documents are a “Jackpot,” Show Continued Intent to Make Bomb

Olli Heinonen

In the nearly two weeks since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed that Israeli agents had recovered thousands of files documenting Iran’s secret nuclear weapons program, two experts in nuclear weapons technology expressed that the Israeli intelligence coup provided a “jackpot” of information and that the files show that Iran never gave up its nuclear weapons program. more...

10th May 2018 – Quoted by The Australian Jewish News

Bibi’s revelations highlighted Iran deal’s failings

Olli Heinonen

IN April 30, Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu revealed one of Israel’s greatest intelligence coups – that it had obtained an entire archive of around 100,000 secret files on Iran’s nuclear program. more...

8th May 2018 – Quoted by Natalie Nougayrede - The Guardian

As the Iran crisis looms, prepare for a battle over facts and truth

Olli Heinonen

We cannot yet know what chaos Donald Trump’s decision on the nuclear deal with Iran will unleash in the Middle East and in global affairs at large – but we do know that truth is the first casualty of war. more...

8th May 2018 – Quoted by Laurence Norman - The Wall Street Journal

How Fast Iran Could Build a Nuclear Bomb

Olli Heinonen

Iran could quickly ramp up its nuclear activities now that President Donald Trump has pulled out of the 2015 international agreement designed to curtail them. But experts and former officials differ over how long Tehran would need to build a bomb. more...

8th May 2018 – Quoted by Joby Warrick - The Washington Post

How killing the nuclear deal could make it easier for Iran to pursue the bomb in secret

Olli Heinonen

In the three years since the start of the Iran nuclear agreement, a cluster of buildings near the Austrian capital has served as an unblinking eye over Tehran’s most sensitive factories and research labs. But perhaps not for much longer. more...