Utvalgte Kongressrepresentanter vil torsdag bli briefet av CIA om at Nord-Korea hjalp Syria å bygge en plutonium-reaktor. Det var denne israelske fly bombet 6. september ifjor.
Opplysningene setter fart i spekulasjonene om at atomkappløp i Midtøsten.
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.
The CIA officials also will say that though U.S. officials have had concerns for years about ties between North Korea and Syria, it was not until last year that new intelligence convinced them that the suspicious facility under construction in a remote area of Syria was a nuclear reactor, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity when discussing plans for the briefing.
Det er dristig av Nord-Korea å levere en plutonium-reaktor samtidig som landet forhandler med sekslandsgruppen om å nedlegge atomprogrammet, ekstra dristig fordi mottakeren er Israels nabo.
USA har vist ettergivenhet i forhandlinger med Nord-Korea. USA ville opprinnelig at Nord-Korea skulle dokumentere sin spredninghistorie overfor andre land, men Nord-Korea har nektet. Nå har USA nøyd seg med at kravet anføres i en avtale. Det kan administrasjonen komme til å møte kritikk for.
Men det store spørsmål er hvorfor Syria skulle våge å skaffe seg atomvåpen. Det tyder på en ustabilitet hos regimet, som lenge har vært påpekt. Israel ville aldri tolerere at et naboland får atomvåpen. Avsløringen øker muligheten for at også Irans atomprogram vil bli satt ut av spill.
Hillary Clinton sa tirsdag at hun som president ville totalt ødelegge Iran hvis Teheran skulle finne på å å angripe Israel.
“I want the Iranians to know that if I’m the president, we will attack Iran (if it attacks Israel),” Clinton said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them,” she said.
“That’s a terrible thing to say but those people who run Iran need to understand that because that perhaps will deter them from doing something that would be reckless, foolish and tragic,” Clinton said.
Her comments appeared harder than a week ago, when during a presidential debate she promised “massive retaliation” against any Iranian attack on Israel.
Obama likte ikke ordbruken„ som han kalte saberrasling. Han nøyde seg med å si at han ville reagere “raskt og effektivt” hvis en alliert som Israel ble angrepet.
NRKs Tove Bjørgås sa at Hillarys utspill plasserte henne til høyre for Republikanerne.
Den britiske viseutenriksministeren, Malloch Brown, kritiserte også Hillarys ordbruk. Han sa det var å true sivile i Iran.
Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, a former United Nations deputy secretary-general and the foreign office minister responsible for Asia, questioned the comments by the New York senator, made in an interview broadcast Tuesday.
“While it is reasonable to warn Iran of the consequence of it continuing to develop nuclear weapons and what those real consequences bring to its security, it is not probably prudent… in today’s world to threaten to obliterate any other country and in many cases civilians resident in such a country,” he said.
The British government wanted a Middle East -- including Israel -- free of nuclear weapons, he said, responding to a question in the House of Lords, Britain’s unelected upper chamber of parliament.
British minister says Clinton’s ‘obliterate’ Iran tone imprudent