Nuclear weapons

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The political theatre of the Trident debate

18 July 2016 19:57

The Trident debate might be about national security, but all the parties have political points they want to make. Indeed,…

Multi-Million Nuclear Submarine Upgrade To Secure 2,000 UK Jobs

Corbyn has said he would never use our nukes. What kind of deterrent is that?

30 September 2015 12:34

When pushed this morning by Today presenter Sarah Montague on whether there would be any circumstances that he would use…


There was a credible alternative to the Iran deal. Obama just chose to ignore it

20 July 2015 18:08

President Obama has accused critics of the recently announced deal with Iran of having no credible alternative. According to Obama,…

US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman (Photo: Valentin Flauraud/Getty)

Military inspections must be a non-negotiable part of Iran’s nuclear deal

29 May 2015 16:00

It is probably safe to say that the negotiations with Iran aren’t going very well. As the 30 June deadline for…

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran on April 3, 2015 (Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty)

The Iran deal heralds a new era for US policy across the Middle East

8 April 2015 11:12

What is it about a nuclear deal with Iran that induces hysteria in certain quarters of the West?  In recent…

Benjamin Netanyahu discusses Iran (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Was Netanyahu’s message worth the diplomatic damage it caused?

5 March 2015 11:40

For weeks before his plane set off for Washington, Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress was exhaustingly analysed here…

The Labour Party Conference Continues

Murphy’s mission

20 December 2014 12:30

The proverbial visitor from Mars would assume that the Scottish Nationalists had won—not lost—September’s referendum. Alex Salmond has given another…

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin t

How worried should the West be about Russia?

17 November 2014 18:22

The most sobering column you’ll read today is the FT’s Gideon Rachman, no doom monger, warning about the risk of…

Despite last weekend's agreement, Iran still plans to continue its uranium enrichment programme.

Surprise, surprise, Iran has betrayed the Geneva deal

28 November 2013 18:54

At the start of this week I hinted that the negotiations which went on in Geneva last weekend were not…

The deal with Iran is full of risks; but, for now, it has made the world a safer place. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

The world is a safer place, thanks to the deal with Iran

26 November 2013 11:20

Much though I like and respect Douglas Murray, I reckon he and other Ayatollohaphobes* are wrong about the deal struck…

Iran went to Geneva with a plan: to buy time so that it can build a nuclear bomb. The international community, especially the West, had no plan. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

William Hague’s appeasement of Iran’s mullahs is a historic and terrible mistake

25 November 2013 16:31

Well, I wondered in this place last week if David Cameron knew what he was doing in relation to the…

An Iranian hardline student holds a port

Would you trust this man?

20 November 2013 19:16

In Geneva, America and her allies are limbering up for another round of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear project. In a…

President Rouhani addressing the United Nations.

Is President Rouhani’s Iran serious?

26 September 2013 17:58

Is Iran serious? That is the question everybody has been asking for the last 24 hours since the new Iranian…

A picture shows the reactor building at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran on August 21, 2010

In response to Peter Oborne on nuclear Iran

2 May 2013 18:04

I am pleased that Peter Oborne concedes that his co-author David Morrison was ‘foolish’ and ‘clumsy’ in his statements. Perhaps…

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been barred from visiting an aide in jail. Picture: Getty

Memo to Iran’s apologists: President Ahmadinejad has denied the Holocaust

26 April 2013 18:13

Has President Ahmadinejad ever denied the Holocaust? David Morrison, co-author with Peter Oborne of a new apologia on the Iranian…

World Leaders Attend UN General Assembly

At last. Some right thinking on Iran

8 March 2013 16:47

At last some leadership on Iran. And from the Conservative benches. After last week’s appalling Jack Straw piece in the…

Jack Straw Is Recalled To Give Evidence At the Iraq Inquiry

Jack Straw’s parting gift

27 February 2013 15:58

Jack Straw cropped up in the Telegraph yesterday claiming that even if Iran does acquire nuclear weapons it wouldn’t be…

Philip Hammond was made defence secretary because of his ability to balance the books. Picture: Getty.

Philip Hammond’s Iranian justification for keeping Trident

11 November 2012 16:10

The Sunday shows have been dominated today by the aftermath of George Entwistle’s resignation. But Phillip Hammond gave a significant…


Trident: political football, folly, or matter of principle? - Spectator Blogs

29 October 2012 12:58

Philip Hammond is one of those ministers who seems to be held in greater esteem by those inside the Westminster…

Iran nuclear weapons

Iran keeps saying it’s nuking up – despite what its Western apologists say

14 August 2012 17:39

The same problem keeps occurring for the megaphones of Iranian propaganda in the West: they keep being let down by…


Encouraging signs from talks with Iran

16 April 2012 9:18

The weekend’s six power talks with the Iranians about their nuclear programme were more fruitful than many, including I, expected.…

Obama reiterates his commitment to a nuke-free future

26 March 2012 18:06

As leaders from 53 nations gather in Seoul for the second Nuclear Security Summit, President Obama spoke of his ‘vision…

Iran Hawks Circling

23 February 2012 13:39

At National Review, Mario Loyola offers a pretty succinct summary of the conservative (that is, American conservative) case for attacking…


Hague’s ‘Cold War’ warning

18 February 2012 10:06

William Hague has gazed into his Middle Eastern crystal ball and doesn’t like what he sees. In an interview in…

From the archives: A nuclear Iran

4 November 2011 17:30

This week there were rumblings that war with Iran may be closer than most people thought. In a piece for…