Through The Static

April 24, 2008

N Korea ‘aided Syria nuclear work’

Filed under: Government,Politics,World News — disciplepete @ 2:37 pm

Al Jazeera:

The Bush administration has said North Korea helped Syria to build a nuclear reactor destroyed in a controversial Israeli air raid last year.

The White House said in a statement on Thursday that Syria “must come clean” over its alleged secret co-operation with North Korea on the reactor.


It also described the alleged assistance as a “dangerous manifestation” of North Korea’s nuclear proliferation activities, but said it would continue six-party talks to try to resolve the nuclear standoff with the isolated nation


…However Syria‘s ambassador to the US on Thursday dismissed the White House’s claim that North Korea had helped it build a nuclear reactor as a “ridiculous story”…

Syria‘s ambassador to the UK, Sami al-Khiyami, said that co-operation between the two countries was mainly economic and had “nothing” to do with building such a facility.


However some US legislators earlier warned that the claims could wreck vital six-party talks on North Korea‘s nuclear programme.

The controversy began last September, when an Israeli air raid destroyed a target in Syrian territory which some reports later said was a nuclear facility being built with North Korean help.



Hmm. So this was supposedly discovered last year…why is it coming out now? The Disciple smells b.s.!! This analysis strikes me as very plausible:

Joseph Cirincione, an expert on nuclear proliferation, told Al Jazeera on Thursday that North Korea rather than Syria was the target of the briefing, as “very few officials … are actually worried that Syria had then or does have now a programme that would threaten the US and Israel.”
He said: “There are conservatives in the US who don’t like the terms of the deal the US has worked out, they think it’s a little too weak.
“There are others, such as the neo conservatives Dick Cheney, John Bolton … who don’t like any agreement and who don’t want to set a precedent of negotiating with a tyrannical regime [North Korea] for fear that it would set a precedent for the US negotiating with Iran.”



This is pretty typical Washington shenanigans…require a “rogue” country to meet demands, then when the country agrees, Washington raises the demands (or finds any reason to negate the agreement). Iraq, anyone?



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