In a follow-up to the Iraeli airstrike of nuclear material in Syria, it is now known that Israeli commands took nuclear samples from the Syrian nuclear site during its attack. The samples have been confirmed as being nuclear material. The material is thought to be of North Korean origin and could be proof that N. Korea is providing Syria with the means to develop nuclear capabilitites. Evidence of N. Koreans at the site was already provided to Washington. This on the footheels of reports of a chemical weapons explosing that killed and injured Syrian and Iranian soldiers and scientists.
Several N. Koreans are suspected to have been at the site and died when it was bombed, which would explain why N. Korea is so adament on defending Syria in the one.
This triangle of weapons devolpment needs to be watch carefully and action needs to be taken before Syria and Iran are sitting on nukes and chemical warheads. The stalemate with N. Korea over it’s warheads is more than the world needs at this time, to have two countries in the Middle East at this level makes the world a dangerous place. Especially considering neither country would hesitate to provide mobile weapons to those fighting the “Infidels”, like Syrian/Iranian supported Hezbollah.
Israeli commandos seized nuclear material of North Korean origin during a daring raid on a secret military site in Syria before Israel bombed it this month, according to informed sources in Washington and Jerusalem.
The attack was launched with American approval on September 6 after Washington was shown evidence the material was nuclear related, the well-placed sources say.
They confirmed that samples taken from Syria for testing had been identified as North Korean. This raised fears that Syria might have joined North Korea and Iran in seeking to acquire nuclear weapons.
Israeli special forces had been gathering intelligence for several months in Syria, according to Israeli sources. They located the nuclear material at a compound near Dayr az-Zwar in the north.
Evidence that North Korean personnel were at the site is said to have been shared with President George W Bush over the summer. A senior American source said the administration sought proof of nuclear-related activities before giving the attack its blessing.
Diplomats in North Korea and China believe a number of North Koreans were killed in the strike, based on reports reaching Asian governments about conversations between Chinese and North Korean officials.
Syrian officials flew to Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, last week, reinforcing the view that the two nations were coordinating their response.
Altas Shrugs has several good reads related to this…
Little Green Footballs has a Jpost version of the story with a bit more information of the commando unit. He remains sceptical, I have to say I believe it or Syria and N. Korea would be doing more…
From the Jpost:
Soldiers from an elite Israeli unit seized North Korean nuclear material from a secret Syrian military installation before it was bombed by IAF jets, a report by Britain’s Sunday Times wrote Saturday night, quoting “informed sources in Washington and Jerusalem.”
According to the sources, the alleged IAF attack was sanctioned by the US on September 6, after the Americans were given proof that the material was indeed nuclear-related.
The sources confirmed that the materials were tested after they were taken from Syria and were found to be of North Korean origin, which raised concerns that Syria may have been trying to come into the possession of nuclear arms.
The commandos, who, according to the report, belonged to the legendary General Staff’s Reconnaissance Unit (Sayeret Matkal), may have been disguised in Syrian army uniforms. It was also stated that Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who used to head the unit, personally oversaw the operation.
Israeli sources admitted that special forces had been accruing intelligence in Syria for several months, the report said, adding that evidence of North Korean activity at the installation was presented to President George Bush during the summer.
Former Syrian information minister, Ma’ahdi Dahallah, rejected the report and called on Israel to present the evidence.
This type of report, Dahallah told Radio Sawa, was merely a form of psychological warfare.
According to the Times, North Korea and China believed that North Koreans were among the dead in the subsequent alleged IAF air strike.
On Friday, the Washington Post reported that Israel and the United States had collaborated on intelligence ahead of the alleged IAF raid.
According to the Post report, Israel informed the US over the summer that North Korean personnel were in Syria in order to assist the country’s nuclear weapons program. The intelligence in question reportedly included satellite imagery.
Meanwhile, Newsweek quoted Binyamin Netanyahu adviser Uzi Arad in reference to the Syria operation. “I do know what happened, and when it comes out it will stun everyone,” he said.