Morning Brief: What was North Korea doing in Syria?
KCNA VIA KNS/AFP/Getty Images Top Story The White House today plans to go public with what it claims is video footage of North Koreans building a plutonium reactor in Syria. According to U.S. officials, the footage was supplied by Israeli intelligence prior to Israel’s September 6 raid on a suspected nuclear site in the Syrian ...
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The White House today plans to go public with what it claims is video footage of North Koreans building a plutonium reactor in Syria. According to U.S. officials, the footage was supplied by Israeli intelligence prior to Israel’s September 6 raid on a suspected nuclear site in the Syrian desert. Syria has preemptively denounced the disclosure, but an anonymous nuke expert described the video as “very, very damning” to the Washington Post. The key question, cautions analyst David Albright, is whether “the reactor is part of an active nuclear weapons program.” Another important concern: How will the North Koreans react to these revelations?
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Blake Hounshell is a former managing editor of Foreign Policy.
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