Thursday, April 24, 2008

House Intel: Syrian nuclear reactor threatened to spread nuclear weapons technology

WASHINGTON - A top member of the House intelligence committee says an alleged Syrian nuclear reactor built with North Korean help and destroyed last year by Israeli jets threatened to spread nuclear weapons technology.

After receiving a classified briefing for Congress members, Michigan Republican Pete Hoekstra on Thursday called it "a serious proliferation issue, both for the Middle East and the countries that may be involved in Asia."
The committee was briefed on intelligence showing that the destroyed reactor was designed to produce a small amount of plutonium, a highly radioactive substance that can be used to build a powerful nuclear weapon or a radiological bomb.

U.S. officials say the reactor was not complete when Israeli jets bombed it in September 2007. (Source)


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