Syria Builds on Razed ‘Nuclear’ Site

January 15, 2008 04:31 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
New satellite images reveal construction activity at the site destroyed by a Sept. 6 Israeli air force raid, fueling a new round of speculation. Neither the U.S. or Israeli government has confirmed reports that the target was a suspected nuclear facility.

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The satellite image, taken on Jan. 9, shows a building of the same dimensions as the one destroyed in September.

Unnamed officials in the United States and Israel have said that the site was suspected to be a depot for North Korean nuclear technology. Syria, however, denies the claim.

David Albright of the Institute for Science and International Security speculates that the new building is not a reactor, but that it is probably being built to conceal evidence of its past function.

Four months after the raid, neither the Israeli nor the U.S. government has explained what the site contained nor why the Israelis attacked it. Observers seem to agree that this reticence has been adopted so as not to upset the nonproliferation talks with North Korea.

However, nonproliferation expert Jeffrey Lewis said photographs alone are inconclusive evidence that the site held nuclear technology. He also said that the media leaks come from Washington circles displeased with the current U.S. line toward North Korea.

Headline Link: ‘Syria Rebuilds on Site Destroyed by Israeli Bombs’

Background: The Israeli raid and alleged Syrian-North Korean nuclear cooperation

A long-standing nuclear project?
Syrian-North Korean cooperation?
The Israeli raid

Analysis: Explaining Israeli and U.S. reticence

Opinion: Why the photos should be approached with skepticism

Reference material: Conflict between Syria and Israel and nonproliferation


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