According to the German news weekly Der Spiegel, the Syrian nuclear facility built with North Korean expertise has now been linked to the Iranian nuclear program:
But Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is considering withdrawing his support for the Iranian program, the magazine says, quoting German secret service reports.
According to those intelligence reports, it said, a joint plan by Syria, North Korea and Iran for a nuclear reactor for military use was to have been developed at the Al-Kibar site in the east of Syria.
The site – to be inspected next week by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) – was destroyed by Israeli warplanes with Washington’s support. Syria denied it has military purposes.
The reports cited by Der Speigel claimed North Korea was to help Iranian scientists advance their nuclear program, and that Al-Kibar was to have been used as a temporary site for Iran to develop a nuclear bomb until it was able to do so on its own territory. The plan was discussed during a visit by Iranian President Mamhoud Ahmadinejad to Syria in 2006, according to the magazine. [AFP]
This actually makes perfect sense because this would confirm why the latest US National Intelligence believed Iran suspended their nuclear weapons development in 2003. The invasion of Iraq probably made them think twice about developing the nuclear weapons capability within Iran and instead they outsourced it to Syria.
It wasn’t just nukes these three were working on either, but chemical weapons as well:
The three countries also cooperated in the production of chemical weapons, said Der Speigel, quoting the same source. At the time of an explosion at a chemical site in July 2007, 15 Syrian soldiers, 12 Iranian engineers and three North Koreans were among the victims.
So does anyone still dispute whether an “axis of evil” really does exist?