Analysis & Commentary


28th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

FAQ after allegations of another ballistic missile test by Tehran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Getting the right answers on allegations surrounding an alleged Iranian ballistic missile launch requires asking the right questions. The following eight questions make sense of the English and Persian language news reporting surrounding the Khorramshahr ballistic missile.

14th September 2017 - Quoted by Zachary Cohen - CNN

Could North Korea help Iran develop nuclear weapons?

Anthony Ruggiero

As North Korea continues its march towards developing a reliable long-range nuclear missile, US officials are becoming increasingly vocal about concerns over Pyongyang's ties to another familiar adversary: Iran.

10th September 2017 - Quoted by Paul Ratner - Big Think

Why Mutually Assured Destruction Can No Longer Keep the World from Annihilation

Clifford D. May

At the height of the Cold War with the Soviet Union, the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) kept the two sides from taking the conflict nuclear. The idea behind MAD is that if both sides were to fight a full-scale war with nuclear weapons, there would be no winners and both would...

7th September 2017 - Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

What Iran Learned from North Korea about Nuclear Weapons

Anthony Ruggiero

As North Korea has become ever bolder in showing off its ability to create nuclear weapons, writes Anthony Ruggiero, Tehran has been watching closely to see how it can emulate Pyongyang’s success.

4th September 2017 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

North Korea Nuclear Progress Puts Iran on Renewed Pathway to Bomb

Behnam Ben Taleblu

U.S. officials are closely monitoring an ongoing meeting between senior North Korean and Iranian officials that comes on the heels of a nuclear test by Pyongyang, according to senior Trump administration officials and other sources who expressed concern that North Korea is helping to put the...

24th August 2017 - Quoted by Joe Barnes - Express

North Korea shipping weapons of mass destruction to Syria is ‘NIGHTMARE scenario’

Jonathan Schanzer

North Korea had two shipments destined for the Syrian government agency responsible for chemical weapons intercepted in the past six months, according to a United Nations security council report

24th August 2017 - Quoted by Benny Avni - The Daily Beast

Did Iran Fund Kim Jong Un’s Secret Chemical Weapons Deal?

Anthony Ruggiero, Mark Dubowitz

A new United Nations report detailing chemical arms-related shipments from North Korea to Syria raises one big unanswered question: Who finances such illegal weapons deals?

22nd August 2017 - Quoted by Doris Roberson - Hi-Tech Facts

Supporting Trump a ‘suicidal act’, N. Korea tells Australia

Olli Heinonen

North Korea typically responds to South Korea-U.S. military exercises with weapons tests and a string of belligerent rhetoric.

18th August 2017 - Quoted by Deb RIechmann and Matthew Pennington - The Associated Press

Here’s Why It’s Hard to Pin Down the Actual Size of North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal

Olli Heinonen

The U.S. intelligence agencies' assessments of the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal have a wide gap between high and low estimates. Size matters and not knowing makes it harder for the United States to develop a policy for deterrence and defend itself and allies in the region.

9th August 2017 - Citado por HispanTV

‘Erdogan busca obtener arma nuclear con ayuda de Rusia y Japón’

Aykan Erdemir

El presidente turco, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, trata de conseguir una bomba atómica, afirma un periodista turco.

9th August 2017 - Quoted by Margaret Hartmann - New York Magazine

Was Trump’s North Korea Threat a Strategy Shift or Pure Bluster?

Mark Dubowitz

Several long-feared moments came in quick succession on Tuesday afternoon. First, the Washington Post reported that U.S. analysts believe North Korea is now capable of producing miniaturized nuclear warheads that fit inside their missiles, a key step toward becoming a nuclear power.

9th August 2017 - C-SPAN

Washington Journal

Anthony Ruggiero

Ivan Eland and Anthony Ruggiero talk about escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea over North Korea’s nuclear program.

8th August 2017 - Quoted by Peter Baker and Choe Sang-Hun - The New York Times

Trump Threatens ‘Fire and Fury’ Against North Korea if It Endangers U.S.

Mark Dubowitz

President Trump threatened on Tuesday to unleash “fire and fury” against North Korea if it endangered the United States, as tensions with the isolated and impoverished nuclear-armed state escalated into perhaps the most serious foreign policy challenge yet of his administration.

8th August 2017 - Fox News

Shepard Smith Reporting

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea has developed a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit on an intercontinental ballistic missile, according to The Washington Post. President Trump responded on Tuesday to reports of North Korea's nuclear threats, saying the regime "will be met with fire, fury and frankly...

10th July 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

German Intelligence: Iran Still Seeking Illicit Nuclear Technology

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Benjamin Weinthal

Reports from German intelligence agencies show that Iran is still attempting to procure illicit technology, including parts for the operation of its heavy water reactor, which was shuttered under the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, Benjamin Weinthal reported for The Weekly Standard on...

8th July 2017 - Jerusalem Post

Iran Seeking Nuclear Weapons Technology, German Intel Says

Benjamin Weinthal

Damning German intelligence reports emerged in June and July revealing the Iranian regime’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and missile technology in defiance of international sanctions and UN resolutions.

19th April 2017 - Quoted by Nick Wadhams, Nafeesa Syeed - Bloomberg

U.S. Says Iran’s Link to Terror Could Scuttle Nuclear Accord

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson certified that Iran is complying with the multinational deal to curb its nuclear program but announced a review that could result in scuttling the accord anyway.

26th December 2016 - Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

US relations with Russia hit rough patch, but there are signs things may soon improve

Boris Zilberman

President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin went back and forth making public statement about their countries' nuclear arsenals this week, days after President Barack Obama used his last press conference of 2016 to warn Russia against continued hacking.

3rd October 2016 - Quoted by Benny Avni - New York Post

How the nuke deal is funding Iran’s darkest forces

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Even the Iran deal’s most ardent supporters are beginning to suspect it won’t mellow the mullahs. Alas, that’s not the worst of it — because the deal is actually boosting Iran’s darkest forces.

28th September 2016 - U.S. News & World Report

Iran Set a Trap

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Amir Toumaj

Speaking at the U.N. General Assembly last week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani charged that the West was flouting its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal.

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