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July 23, 2014

"A North Korean in Iran"

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Simon Henderson

The death from natural causes of an old man in North Korea this month should have been the closing chapter of the tale of Pakistan's nuclear and missile cooperation with the Hermit Kingdom. Instead, it may mark the next episode in the saga of Iran's controversial nuclear program.

 

 

November 18, 2013

"Iran's Nuclear Narrative Needs to Be Challenged"

Op-Ed, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Simon Henderson

A full explanation of Tehran's past and current nuclear activities should be a vital part of any interim agreement.

 

 

October 30, 2013

"The Need for Speed in Negotiations with Iran"

Op-Ed, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Simon Henderson

Talks with Iran are gaining momentum, but its centrifuges are still enriching uranium, and its Arak facility may soon be capable of producing plutonium.

 

 

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September 23, 2013

"Nuclear Talks With Iran: Diplomacy and Diminishing Time"

Op-Ed, Policy Watch, 2146

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Simon Henderson

Stopping Iran's increasingly rapid progress toward becoming a de facto nuclear weapons state requires significant diplomatic progress, and quickly.

 

 

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September 6, 2013

"Rouhani and Iran's Nuclear Progress"

Op-Ed, Policy Watch

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Simon Henderson

Iran's new president will soon be tested on his ability and willingness to address international concerns about his country's nuclear program.

 

 

July 6, 2013

"On Iran"

Op-Ed, The Economist

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Simon Henderson

In a letter to the editor of the Economist, Olli Heinonen and Simon Henderson respond to an earlier published letter on Iran's nuclear plans. They write:

Sir, We noted the letter (June 29th (http://www.economist.com/news/letters/21580127-iran-coastal-homes-mexico-city-prismlondon-publishing-bosses-newcastle)from Sir Richard Dalton in response to your leader on Iran. We were concerned by this passage: “You did not mention that Iran has a policy of converting its 20% enriched uranium into oxide, ready for research-reactor fuelmaking. This puts the material beyond use for bombs (short of a time-consuming, detectable and technically demanding process to turn it back into gas, which can be discounted in the medium term).”

 

 

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March 15, 2013

"Iran's Nuclear Clock and World Diplomacy"

Op-Ed, Policy Watch

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Simon Henderson

Talks with Iran in Turkey next week and in Kazakhstan next month are important, but Tehran still needs to clarify the details of its controversial nuclear program.

 

 

October 23, 2012

"Nuclear Iran: Technical Issues Overshadowing Negotiations"

Op-Ed, Policy Watch

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Simon Henderson

Although both Washington and Tehran deny reports that they have agreed to bilateral nuclear negotiations, the rumors will prompt fresh debate about what concessions the United States can or should make.

 

 

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September 7, 2012

"What We Know About Iran's Nukes"

Op-Ed, Wall Street Journal

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Simon Henderson

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei claimed last week that his government isn't interested in nuclear weapons: "Our motto is nuclear energy for all and nuclear weapons for none," he said. A better perspective was provided almost simultaneously from the world's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, which on Aug. 30 released its latest report on Iran's nuclear activities.

 

 

April 12, 2012

"The Challenge of Containing Iran's Enrichment Activities"

Op-Ed, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Simon Henderson

Olli Heinonen and Simon Henderson argue that in the absence of very tight monitoring, "and in light of Iran's increasing mastery over limited centrifuge technology, permitting the country to continue enriching uranium at any level would still give it the option of developing nuclear weapons."

 

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