Why the NORK/IRAN/SYRIA cabal is so very dangerous in very simple terms from the Wall Street Journal oped pages here.
A nuclear-armed North Korea is dangerous enough. A North Korea
that shares its nuclear technology with other bad actors is worse — especially
if the partner-state is known to be cozy with terrorists. The potential nexus
between WMD and terrorism is the biggest threat to the security of the U.S. and
So reports this week in the New York Times, the Washington Post
and elsewhere that North Korea may be cooperating with Syria on some sort of
nuclear facility are worth taking seriously. Syria has close ties with Iran and
provides sanctuary within its borders for Hezbollah, a group that the National
Intelligence Estimate released in July warns may be prepared to launch terrorist
attacks against the U.S. Pyongyang has a long, well-documented history of
sharing missile technology with Syria, and it is all too believable that sharing
nuclear knowhow could be next.
Israel is said to be the primary source of the intelligence on a
North Korean-Syrian nuclear connection. But neither Israel nor the Bush
Administration has commented officially on this or another mysterious event —
Israel’s flyover and apparent raid last week on targets inside Syria. Given the
Administration’s experience with prewar intelligence on WMD in Iraq, it’s
understandable that it would want to have solid evidence before going
Meanwhile, however, the six-party talks on the dismantling of
North Korea’s nuclear program have picked up steam, with Pyongyang promising to
dismantle its facilities by the end of the year and the U.S. pledging to
consider such goodies as fuel aid and removing North Korea from its list of
terror-sponsoring states. U.S., Russian and Chinese inspectors turned up at the
Yongbyon nuclear facility this week.
If North Korea is moving its nuclear facilities to Syria — or
"merely" proliferating — it would undermine everything at the heart of that
agreement, as well as cross a long-stated American red line that Pyongyang not
proliferate. Even if it is unsure of the full implications of the intelligence,
the Administration has an obligation not to proceed with a nuclear deal until
Pyongyang and Damascus come clean.
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