Nuclear weapons


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, it was this deal or no deal. And then, alleges… Continue reading

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 a final agreement looms America’s top negotiator Wendy Sherman has… Continue reading

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 weeks, editors at both the New York Times and the Washington Post have seen… Continue reading

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 in DC. Did Speaker Boehner adequately notify the White House… Continue reading

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 crowing interview today, you can read mine with him from… Continue reading

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 a nuclear war. Rachman is concerned about how quick Vladimir… Continue reading

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 a meeting of equals. On one side were the Iranians,… Continue reading

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 with Iran. If Iran’s willingness to negotiate was evidence that… Continue reading

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 Iran nuclear negotiations in Geneva. And now the answer is… Continue reading

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 sign of the thaw Barack Obama and our own Prime… Continue reading

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 President went to the UN in New York and gave… Continue reading

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 Morrison was indeed attempting ‘to be as accurate as he… Continue reading

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 ‘government’, appears to think that he has not. In a… Continue reading

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 Telegraph, the Conservative MP James Morris has a brilliant and… Continue reading

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 worth going to war over. This, it will be remembered,… Continue reading

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 and combative interview on the Sunday Politics. Pressed by Andrew… Continue reading


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 hamlet than those of us who live beyond its boundaries.… Continue reading

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 their own side.  Every time another op-ed appears in the… Continue reading


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. It seems that the EU sanctions on Iranian oil and… Continue reading


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 of a world without nuclear weapons’. It’s a vision he… Continue reading


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 Iran: [I]n an editorial, the Wall Street Journal makes the same… Continue reading


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 today’s Telegraph, he says of Iran: ‘It is a crisis… Continue reading


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 the Spectator in 2004, Andrew Gilligan argued that even with… Continue reading


A collision course with Iran?

3 November 2011 13:46

Are we on the verge of war with Iran? The Guardian’s frontpage today suggests we might well be. Here’s a taster of the article: "Britain’s armed forces are stepping up… Continue reading


Iran crosses a line

12 October 2011 9:00

A flurry of news yesterday evening, among it Slovakia’s rejection of the euro bailout and even more ado about our Defence Secretary. But nothing nearly as striking as the alleged… Continue reading