A covert nuclear reactor in Syria was only months away from producing uranium for weapons when Israel destroyed it in a bombing raid, US intelligence officials say. The officials briefed members of Congress on the Israeli raid in September, asserting that North Korea helped Syria build the site. The White House said Syria "must come clean" about its nuclear activities.
"The reactor would have been capable of producing plutonium for nuclear weapons, was not configured to produce electricity, and was ill suited for research," an intelligence document says. Syria has steadfastly denied the allegations, which come ahead of talks with North Korea to scrap its nuclear program.