I've banged out a series of long posts on why I personally believe that this upcoming "revelation" that our North Korean friends were helping the Syrians build a reactor to produce plutonium borders on the ridiculous for both technical and strategic reasons. Please read Syria, Israel and the Mystery Attack - More Lies the Gray Lady has Told Me? and Here We Go (Middle East Version) for a review.
It is, however, also a current working tenet here in the FutureJacked bunker that such accusations will be used as an excuse for attacking Syria and their Hezbollah associates, with the added gravy of letting the neo-con faction in the U.S. government throw Ambassador Chris Hill under the bus and scuttle negotiations with the NORKs.
Once details are leaked from this briefing, we will go over them in detail. Until then, keep an eye on this developing situation.CIA to describe North Korea-Syria nuclear ties
By Paul Richter and Greg Miller, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
WASHINGTON -- CIA officials will tell Congress on Thursday that North Korea had been helping Syria build a plutonium-based nuclear reactor, a U.S. official said, a disclosure that could touch off new resistance to the administration's plan to ease sanctions on Pyongyang.
The CIA officials will tell lawmakers that they believe the reactor would have been capable of producing plutonium for nuclear weapons but was destroyed before it could do so, the U.S. official said, apparently referring to a suspicious installation in Syria that was bombed last year by Israeli warplanes.
Wonkish Irriation Alert - a reactor of the Yongbyon design is NOT a "plutonium-based nuclear reactor." Dear God, please miracle some scientific knowledge down into the fact-checking staff at the L.A. Times. Please. Pretty please. This design allows for the production OF plutonium via U-238 capturing a neutron during the fission of U-235. And YES, it does matter. A Pu-based reactor is an entirely new level of technical sophistication implying a serious supply chain of plutonium fuel and significant mastery of reprocessing - vital elements in both bomb and power programs.