No, they’re not working together on a Nuke program. Kim Jong Il’s immediate and out of the blue condemnation of Israel’s raid into Syria, before anyone said anything about North Korea being involved with Syria, and charges that North Korea is giving nuclear material to Syria, and now this summit, are all just a series of coincidences, and have nothing to do with Korea handing off whatever it can of its nuclear material and technology before it shuts its program down. No way, why would that be happening? Nah.
North Korea and Syria held high-level talks Friday in Pyongyang, the North’s state media reported, amid suspicions that the two countries might be cooperating on a nuclear weapons program.
The talks took place between Choe Tae Bok, secretary of the Central Committee of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, and Saaeed Eleia Dawood, director of the organizational department of Syria’s Baath Arab Socialist Party, the official Korean Central News Agency reported.
The talks were aimed at the vague and undefined goal of “strengthening ties”. Beyond that the two countries only further added, “we discusssed friendship and cooperation”.
Coincidentally their meeting came amid suspicions that North Korea may be providing nuclear assistance to Syria, a charge both Pyongyang and Damascus deny.
The allegations arose after an alleged Israeli air raid earlier this month on unknown Syrian targets possibly connected to a weapons program.
Andrew Semmel, acting US deputy assistant secretary of state for nuclear nonproliferation policy, said last week that North Koreans were in Syria, and that Syria may have had contacts with “secret suppliers” to obtain nuclear equipment.
He said that North Koreans were in Syria and that he could not exclude the possibility that the network run by the disgraced Pakistan nuclear scientist AQ Khan may have been involved.
The AP contributed to this report