Video Links North Korea to Syrian Reactor

Design similar to North Korean nuke technology

By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 24, 2008 4:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – Video showing a nuclear reactor under construction in Syria is expected to be released today by the White House, the New York Times reports. The video, shot before the reactor was obliterated by Israeli air strikes, confirms that Syrians had North Korean technological help. The design is similar to one used by North Korea to create weapons-grade plutonium.

Some observers say administration hawks are behind the release, aimed at scuppering an agreement that would drop sanctions against North Korea in exchange for a full declaration of nuclear activities. “Making public the pictures is likely to inflame the North Koreans,” said one source.  “And that’s just what opponents of this whole arrangement want, because they think the North Koreans will stalk off.”

A satellite image shows a suspected nuclear reactor site in Syria before it was desroyed by Israeli air strikes. The reactor is similar to one built by North Korea.   (AP Photo/DigitalGlobe)
Before and after. A Syrian nuclear reactor is on the left - and on the right after a raid by Israeli jets last September.   (AP Photo/DigitalGlobe)
Syrian President Bashar Assad. Video is said to prove Syria received technological aid building a nuclear reactor destroyed by the Israelis last year.   (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
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