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CIA to describe North Korea-Syria nuclear ties
LA Times ^ | April 23, 2008 | Paul Richter and Greg Miller

Posted on 04/24/2008 2:04:47 PM PDT by neverdem

Officials will tell Congress members this week that North Korea was helping Syria build a reactor last year when it was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike, a U.S. official says.

WASHINGTON — CIA officials will tell Congress on Thursday that North Korea had been helping Syria build a plutonium-based nuclear reactor, a U.S. official said, a disclosure that could touch off new resistance to the administration's plan to ease sanctions on Pyongyang.

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, the U.S. official said, apparently referring to a suspicious installation in Syria that was bombed last year by Israeli warplanes.

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 when discussing plans for the briefing.

By holding closed, 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. Nonetheless, it has been widely assumed for months that many in the administration considered the site a nuclear installation.

It was not clear Tuesday how recently North Korea may have been aiding Syria. But disclosure of the relationship to the committees is likely to bring criticism from conservative lawmakers who already believe that U.S. overtures to North Korea have offered the government in Pyongyang too many benefits without assurances that it will disclose the extent of its nuclear arms effort...

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cia; northkorea; nukes; plutonium; syria
LA TIMES CALLED IT YESTERDAY.
1 posted on 04/24/2008 2:04:47 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Didn’t take Democrats long to make politics with this.


2 posted on 04/24/2008 2:16:38 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: neverdem

Gee, didn’t Jimmy Carter and Madeline Albright broker a deal with Kim Jung-il during the Clinton administration in which he promised to play nice and not build any nukes????


3 posted on 04/24/2008 2:25:52 PM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: dalebert
Bush made politics with it by withholding the information for so long.

A Chia Pet never changes its hair....

4 posted on 04/24/2008 2:36:07 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Calvin Locke

Bush notified 22 members of congress 8 months ago.


5 posted on 04/24/2008 3:07:49 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: dalebert

The CIA is an arm of the Democrat Party, just like the State Department.
Personally, I don’t believe a word that comes out of the corrupt, stinking CIA.


6 posted on 04/24/2008 3:10:52 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: neverdem

How is Osama and friends doing in their Pakistan digs these days?


7 posted on 04/24/2008 3:12:06 PM PDT by Brian S. Fitzgerald ("We're going to drag that ship over the mountain.")
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To: neverdem

Is this the incident in Sept. that the entire world was quiet about?


8 posted on 04/24/2008 3:40:55 PM PDT by shatcher
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To: shatcher
Is this the incident in Sept. that the entire world was quiet about?

"By holding closed, 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."

Was there another?

9 posted on 04/24/2008 4:01:36 PM PDT by neverdem (I'm praying for a Divine Intervention.)
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To: neverdem

Non event.


10 posted on 04/24/2008 4:04:22 PM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Law of the Excluded Middle)
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To: RightWhale
Non event.

I don't know about that. But thanks to the Israelis, it's a non-facility.

Before and After

11 posted on 04/24/2008 4:18:06 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: El Gato

The non event was the big event Thursday, which everybody knew would be a non event but it was official anyway even if past the point of significance to history.


12 posted on 04/24/2008 4:21:57 PM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Law of the Excluded Middle)
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To: El Gato

I was in line at the bank an hour ago and this footage/graphics were on CNN (much better coverage than FNC!) with the sound muted. Talk about torture for a 9/6 junkie!


13 posted on 04/24/2008 4:30:04 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: neverdem

BTTT


14 posted on 04/24/2008 4:34:17 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: txflake
Closeups, and with the "after" being taken somewhat sooner after the Israeli strike.

CNN Video here

15 posted on 04/24/2008 5:31:00 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: txflake

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of information comes out of this.


16 posted on 04/24/2008 5:48:42 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: dalebert
That may be so, but wasn't it just last week that the White House said the NK six party talks weren't working?

Bush must be back on the sauce.

He can't be that vain to think that he can solve the NK problem (and terrorism next to Israel) this late in the game. The other sides only have to wait him out.at worst, and soak the US taxpayer at best.

He isn't the first to fail, and he's not going to be the last to fail.

At least with the current three presidential wannabes.

I'm sorry I voted for him. I reluctantly held my nose in 2004, and he continues to disappoint, even on basic common sense items.

17 posted on 04/24/2008 6:45:36 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Brian S. Fitzgerald

“How is Osama and friends doing in their Pakistan digs these days?”

What’s your drift?


18 posted on 04/24/2008 6:55:52 PM PDT by PLMerite ("Unarmed, one can only flee from Evil. But Evil isn't overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
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19 posted on 04/25/2008 4:58:49 AM PDT by SJackson (before we work on problems, have to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation, Michelle O.)
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To: Army Air Corps

It will be interesting if the Israeli’s release the video footage of the strike?!


20 posted on 04/25/2008 7:00:00 AM PDT by Tommyjo
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To: Tommyjo

I would gladly pay to see THAT on Pay-per-View. That would be some amazing evidence and it would make the libs’ heads explode.


21 posted on 04/25/2008 7:12:56 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Calvin Locke

Well I am not sorry I voted for him. I think he is a good man who did his best with what he had to work with. I would vote for him again. I also think that for national security reasons we don’t need to broadcast everything to the world. The Dems seem to be working really hard at making sure everyone believes we are a weak nation. I won’t be voting for a Dem.


22 posted on 04/25/2008 3:19:38 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: Lancey Howard

I agree 100%


23 posted on 04/25/2008 3:20:30 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: Brian S. Fitzgerald
How is Osama and friends doing in their Pakistan digs these days?

Well, the maggots have finished eating what was left of his flesh, and the ants have pretty much cleaned his bones. Other than that, he's doing just fine.

24 posted on 04/25/2008 3:24:16 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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