17:45 24Apr08 RTRS-U.S. CONCLUDES SYRIAN NUCLEAR REACTOR WAS "NEARING OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY" IN AUGUST 2007 - U.S. DOCUMENT
17:46 24Apr08 RTRS-U.S. CONCLUDES NORTH KOREA HELPED SYRIA ON NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES BEFORE AND AFTER REACTOR WAS DESTROYED - U.S. DOCUMENT
17:48 24Apr08 RTRS-U.S. HOPES DETAILING SUSPECTED SYRIA-NORTH KOREA LINK WILL PROMPT PYONGYANG NUCLEAR DISCLOSURES - U.S. OFFICIAL
17:50 24Apr08 RTRS-U.S. DID NOT GIVE ISRAEL ANY "GREEN LIGHT" TO STRIKE SUSPECTED SYRIAN NUCLEAR REACTOR - U.S. OFFICIAL
18:08 24Apr08 RTRS-North Korea aided Syrian nuclear activities -U.S.
WASHINGTON, April 24 (Reuters) - The United States has concluded that North Korea helped Syria on a covert nuclear program before and after Israel destroyed a suspected reactor in Syria last year, according to a U.S. intelligence document.
"We are convinced, based on a variety of information, that North Korea assisted Syrian covert nuclear activities both before and after the reactor was destroyed," said the document released to reporters on Thursday.
A senior Bush administration official said the United States and Israel had discussed policy options on how to deal with the suspected reactor but that Israel decided to destroy it on its own.
"At the end of the day, Israel made its own decision to take action," the official told reporters.
"It did so without any green light from us."
Thursday, April 24, 2008
What happened September 6th
Reuters reports that Israel destroyed a Syrian nuclear reactor in a lightning strike last September 6. The operation was extraordinary in that NO ONE involved really made much of it. Here's why: