Olli Heinonen on Iran: 'This Is a Step Forward, Without a Doubt'

Olli Heinonen on Iran: 'This Is a Step Forward, Without a Doubt'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 02, 2013

Former IAEA deputy secretary general Olli Heinonen says the nuclear deal with Iran is an important one, with verifiable results and a timetable for a final agreement. Still, he argues, "there is no reason to celebrate." Interview By Erich Follath more... Comment ]

Tehran Treaty: Winners and Losers in Geneva Nuclear Deal

Tehran Treaty: Winners and Losers in Geneva Nuclear Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 02, 2013

The Geneva nuclear treaty with Tehran offers the West new opportunities and could change the world.  But secret documents suggest it is the hardliners in Iran who stand to profit the most from the new opening. The clear losers are Israel and Saudi Arabia. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

World From Berlin: Don't Lift Iran Sanctions 'Prematurely'

World From Berlin: Don't Lift Iran Sanctions 'Prematurely'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2013

Although German commentators applaud Iran's interim deal with the West to halt its nuclear program as a significant step forward, they also argue Tehran must now prove itself. The bulk of the sanctions must remain in place until a full agreement is reached, they say. more... Comment ]

Iran Talks: Stiffer Sanctions Could Torpedo Nuclear Deal

Iran Talks: Stiffer Sanctions Could Torpedo Nuclear Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 14, 2013

Should sanctions against Tehran be tightened? US Senators believe Iran's nuclear activities can only be halted by ratcheting up the pressure. But Secretary of State John Kerry fears this hawkish stance will scuttle talks between world powers and Iran. An Analysis By Sebastian Fischer more... Comment ]

Nuclear Arsenal: US To Turn Old Bombs Into All-Purpose Weapons

Nuclear Arsenal: US To Turn Old Bombs Into All-Purpose Weapons

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 06, 2013

The US wants to modernize nuclear bombs stationed in Europe in a way many experts call the equivalent of creating a new weapon. Critics believe the move violates pledges by President Obama he would not develop new nukes. By Markus Becker and Otfried Nassauer more... Comment ]

Obama's Nuclear Push: Moscow Fears Loss of World Power Status

Obama's Nuclear Push: Moscow Fears Loss of World Power Status

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2013

A world without nuclear weapons? It's a nearly inconceivable scenario for the Kremlin, even if its arsenal costs Russia billions each year. Since the break-up of the Soviet Union, the country has suffered a major drop in influence. Now it's doing all it can to cling to the geopolitical power it has left. By Benjamin Bidder in Moscow more... Comment ]

Berlin Speech: Obama Calls for Cuts in Strategic Nuclear Weapons

Berlin Speech: Obama Calls for Cuts in Strategic Nuclear Weapons

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2013

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday said he would seek negotiations with Russia to reduce the number of strategic nuclear weapons they hold by up to a third. more... Comment ]

Mild Rebuff: US Rejects Criticism of Intelligence Practices

Mild Rebuff: US Rejects Criticism of Intelligence Practices

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2013

President Barack Obama on Wednesday gently rebuffed Chancellor Angela Merkel's criticism of US Internet surveillance and gave a light-hearted explanation of why he hasn't kept all his promises: "People don't always do exactly what you want -- it's shocking." more... Comment ]

Berlin Speech: Obama to Make Plea for Nuclear Disarmament

Berlin Speech: Obama to Make Plea for Nuclear Disarmament

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2013

Speculation has been rife in Berlin regarding the possible contents of US President Barack Obama's speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday. Media reports indicate he will be making a renewed push for nuclear disarmament. more... Comment ]

Interview with Prince Turki bin Faisal: 'Saudi Arabia Wants Downfall of Assad'

Interview with Prince Turki bin Faisal: 'Saudi Arabia Wants Downfall of Assad'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 17, 2013

Saudi Arabia has long urged the West to arm the Syrian rebels as they battle forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. In an interview with SPIEGEL, he explains why. He also says Europe should change its strategy in nuclear negotiations with Iran. more... Comment ]