Skip to comments.N Korean denies link to Israel's strike on Syria
Posted on 09/18/2007 5:19:16 PM PDT by blam
N Korean denies link to Israel's strike on Syria
By Tim Butcher in Jerusalem
Last Updated: 12:02pm BST 18/09/2007
North Korea has strongly denied allegations from unnamed American intelligence sources that its regime provided nuclear technology and expertise to Syria.
The allegations came after Israel's covert airstrike in northern Syria, with US sources suggesting the target was some sort of shipment of nuclear-connected material provided by Pyongyang.
Israel has not given any details on the operation in Syria
While North Korea has been providing arms for years to Syria, most notably customised Scud missiles, this was the first allegation about a transfer of know-how for weapons of mass destruction.
No hard evidence has been forthcoming and while Syria has complained about the airstrike no journalists or independent witnesses have had access to the target zone creating an information vacuum that has attracted feverish speculation.
North Korea moved today to deny the allegations of any nuclear link.
"This is sheer misinformation," the North's official KCNA news agency quoted an unnamed foreign ministry spokesman as saying.
"(North Korea) never makes an empty talk but always tells truth.
"The above-said story is nothing but a clumsy plot hatched by the dishonest forces who do not like to see any progress at the six-party talks and in relations with the US."
North Korea stood by its pledge from October 2006 that it would not engage in nuclear proliferation, the spokesman said.
North Korea last week hosted a team of nuclear officials and experts who made a rare road trip to Pyongyang and to the country's main nuclear complex at Yongbyon, north of the capital, in what was seen as a gesture to improve ties with the United States.
North Korea has suspended operation of the Yongbyon complex under a February deal in return for 50,000 tonnes of heavy fuel oil from South Korea.
It is set to receive additional 950,000 tonnes by taking further disarmament steps this year.
President George W. Bush, who once lumped North Korea with Iran and Saddam-controlled Iraq on an axis of evil, has offered a peace treaty with the North if Pyongyang completes nuclear disarmament.
South Korea said yesterday that a new round of the six-way talks would not be held on Sept 19 as widely expected, leading to concerns that North Korea had pulled out of the talks in protest at the allegations about the Syrian link.
Conditions for the treaty should include the surrender of their counterfeiting equipment.
We’re just supplying scud missles, what’s the big deal?
‘Dozens died in Syrian-Iranian chemical weapons experiment’
Proof of cooperation between Iran and Syria in the proliferation and development of weapons of mass destruction was brought to light Monday in a Jane’s Magazine report that dozens of Iranian engineers and 15 Syrian officers were killed in a July 23 accident in Syria.
According to the report, cited by Channel 10, the joint Syrian-Iranian team was attempting to mount a chemical warhead on a scud missile when the explosion occurred, spreading lethal chemical agents, including sarin nerve gas.
These guys need to be taken out.
15 posted on 09/18/2007 2:05:59 PM CDT by wildbill
Sounds like they were taken out to me.
Accident happened on July 23, 2007
Yup! Imagine yourself living under those Arty tubes in Israel. Sleep at night?
Check which way the wind is blowing every ten minutes?
These POS Islamofascists are in their end game, and they will be stopped with a heavy hand. Will Russia come in?
Well , Nostrademus said they would.
But I think they are chicken. They do not have the capability, or their fleet would be in the Persian Gulf now.
Bets are up that it will happen on the first night of Ramadan.
Ramadan began September 13.
My mistake! Well then, maybe the Iran strike will happen after RamadaN
“”(North Korea) never makes an empty talk but always tells truth.”
This from the folks that claimed Kim got 11 holes in one while out golfing.
“This from the folks that claimed Kim got 11 holes in one while out golfing.”
They no lie! They no lie!
He DID get 11 holes in one. The holes were all made in his caddy though. Kim didn’t have to tip him, unless he tipped him in the ditch.