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  ניסן 18, 5768 , 23/04/08

CIA to Spill Beans on Bombed Syrian Nuclear Reactor

CIA officials will tell Congress on Thursday that North Korea had been helping Syria build a plutonium-based nuclear reactor, a U.S. official told the Los Angeles Times Wednesday. The CIA officials will tell lawmakers that they believe the reactor would have been capable of producing plutonium for nuclear weapons but was destroyed before it could do so. This was apparently a reference to a suspicious installation in Syria that was reportedly bombed by Israeli warplanes last year.

The CIA officials also will say that though U.S. officials have had concerns for years about ties between North Korea and Syria, it was not until last year that new intelligence convinced them that the suspicious facility under construction in a remote area of Syria was a nuclear reactor, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

By holding closed-door, classified briefings for members of several congressional committees, the administration will break a long silence on North Korean-Syrian nuclear cooperation and on what it knows about last year's destruction of the Syrian facility.

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