US: N Korea helping Syria build nuclear weapons
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The United States said it was in possession of information indicating that North Korea had helped Syria build a nuclear reactor. An Israeli air strike destroyed the reactor in Sept. 2007, with the US denying any involvement. (Report: J. Creedon)
The reactor was destroyed by Israel in a Sept. 6 air strike that was initially shrouded in secrecy out of what the Bush administration said was fear that public discussion could prompt Syria, which has long supported militant Palestinian groups, to retaliate.
“We are convinced, based on a variety of information, that
“We have good reason to believe that reactor, which was damaged beyond repair on Sept. 6 of last year, was not intended for peaceful purposes,” she said.
In detailed briefings to
Syrian Ambassador Imad Moustapha denied the
“I hope the truth will be revealed to everybody,” Moustapha said. “This will be a major embarrassment to the
‘COVERT NUCLEAR REACTOR’
The White House statement, which did not mention
One of the photographs presented to lawmakers and reporters showed what
The U.S. charges come several months after North Korea, which tested a nuclear device in October 2006, missed a Dec. 31 deadline to make a declaration of its nuclear programs in a deal over its nuclear programs with the United States, Russia, China, Japan, and South Korea.
Under the deal
“We hope that the fact that we have had such detailed understanding of this activity ... will convince them that there is no point in trying to cover up not only proliferation activity but (uranium) enrichment activity and plutonium activity,” a senior
U.S. President George W. Bush has lost the support of some fellow Republicans on the
“The construction of this (Syrian) reactor was a dangerous and potentially destabilizing development for the region and the world,” Perino said.
That development also underscored the international community was right to be concerned about the nuclear activities of
Rep. Peter Hoekstra, the top Republican on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, said after a briefing on the issue that the administration had lost the trust of many lawmakers.
“This administration has no credibility on
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