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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...

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 – 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...

3rd May 2018 – Quoted by Meira Svirsky - Clarion Project

5 New Developments Since Mossad’s Iran Bombshell

Olli Heinonen

Supporters of the Iran agreement have played down the Israeli revelations saying there wasn’t anything in the documents recovered by the Mossad that wasn’t previously known about Iran’s nuclear weapon’s program (which is interesting in itself since that implies Obama administration officials misled the public about the agreement). more...

2nd May 2018 – Quoted by Benjamin Kerstein - The Algemeiner

Ex-Weapons Inspectors: Israel’s Iran Info Does Contain New Revelations

Olli Heinonen

Two former weapons inspectors have challenged the narrative adopted by defenders of the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, saying that the trove of intelligence information revealed on Monday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did indeed contain important new revelations about Iran’s nuclear program. more...

2nd May 2018 – Quoted by The Tower

Weapons Experts: Israeli Revelations Could Lead to Stepped Up IAEA Inspections of Iran

Olli Heinonen

Two nuclear weapons experts said that the Israeli revelations about Iran’s nuclear program show a more extensive enterprise than previously thought and could prompt the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to step up its inspections of Iran, NPR reported Tuesday. more...

1st May 2018 – Quoted by Geoff Brumfiel - NPR

Stolen Iranian Nuclear Plans May Trigger New Inspections

Olli Heinonen

Former weapons inspectors say an apparent trove of information on Iran's nuclear weapons program will increase pressure for more intrusive inspections of its atomic sites. more...

1st May 2018 – Quoted by Maayan Lubell, Dan Williams, and Jonathan Landay - Reuters

Pushing to bury Iran deal, Israel says no one wants war with Tehran

Olli Heinonen

Israel said on Tuesday it does not seek war with Iran and suggested U.S. President Donald Trump backed Israel’s latest attempt to kill the 2015 Iran nuclear deal by disclosing purported evidence of past Iranian nuclear arms work. 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...