UN Finds More Uranium in Syria?
posted at 3:33 pm on June 5, 2009 by coldwarrior
Well, at least they are looking, right?
[ Before (top) and after (bottom) shots of the Syrian covert nuclear facility built with North Korean assistance bombed by the Israelis in September 2007. ]
Going back to my nuclear fuel-cycle classes years ago, each batch of enriched uranium has markers in it that can be followed back to the point of origin, provided the producer of the uranium is operating under the aegis of the IAEA or the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
According to the Associated press, The U.N nuclear agency on Friday reported its second unexplained find of uranium particles at a Syrian nuclear site, in a probe sparked by suspicions that a remote desert site hit by Israeli warplanes was a nearly finished plutonium producing reactor.
The referenced article is short on Syrian details, but goes into a lengthy discourse about Iran.
A couple of questions do come to mind. First, is this uranium from the former Saddam Hussein regime? Or, is it from North Korea? While the article goes into detail about Iran, Iran hasn’t any good reason to be sending uranium off to Syria. They have enough already on hand to eventually produce several nuclear devices, and their present production rates indicate that they will have even more by year’s end.
And plutonium producing reactor? Not something one needs to have on hand to produce electricity. [And, as the photos attest, there is no “grid” in evidence to transfer electric power from the former reactor to anywhere else in Syria. So the canards about it being a peaceful nuclear energy site were simply lies.]
Thus back to the first questions. If this uranium can be traced back to the former Saddam regime…will the IAEA go to the lengths necessary to determine that? And if it is found to be from Saddam’s cache, can we put to bed once and for all that tired meme that Saddam had no WMD’s?
And, if it is from North Korea, can we start looking deeper into the Syrian regime yet? Or is Syria off limits under the present Administration? Can we get serious about North Korea’s exporting nuclear technology to nations with a history of unsavory behaviors?
The UN puts out this info on a Friday? By Monday, it will be forgotten history.