“All governments concerned – even the regime in Damascus – have tried to maintain complete secrecy about the raid.” Odd behavior, no? After all, the Assad regime had a chance to trumpet a new Israeli atrocity — unless, of course, it has something greater to hide. An update on this story. By Uzi Mahnaimi and Michael Sheridan in the Times (thanks to Sr. Soph):
ISRAEL”S top-secret air raid on Syria in September destroyed a bomb factory assembling warheads fuelled by North Korean plutonium, a leading Israeli nuclear expert has told The Sunday Times.
Professor Uzi Even of Tel Aviv University was one of the founders of the Israeli nuclear reactor at Dimona, the source of the Jewish state’s undeclared nuclear arsenal.
“I suspect that it was a plant for processing plutonium, namely, a factory for assembling the bomb,” he said. “I think the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] transferred to Syria weapons-grade plutonium in raw form, that is nuggets of easily transported metal in protective cans. I think the shaping and casting of the plutonium was supposed to be in Syria.”
All governments concerned – even the regime in Damascus – have tried to maintain complete secrecy about the raid.