Bashar Al-Assad Announced His Intention To Meet With Kim Jong Inom
The North Korean newspaper “Rodong Sinmun” reported that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has expressed its intention to pay an official visit to the DPRK and hold a meeting with the country’s leader Kim Jong-UN.
As stated in the message, quoted by the Agency TASS, the corresponding statement Assad made during on may 30, the ceremony of presenting his credentials the new Ambassador of the DPRK in Syria. “I’m determined in future to visit the DPRK and meet with Supreme leader Kim Jong-UN,” – quoted the “Rodong Sinmun” the words of Assad.
Assad’s statement came amid the preparation of the meetings, Kim Jong-UN and U.S. President Donald trump and the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.
“Nuclear cooperation” of Syria and the DPRK in the past
In 2004-2007, when the President of Syria was Bashar al-Assad, Damascus, and Pyongyang has tried to build a nuclear reactor in Syria, near al-Kibar (in the province of dir al-Zur). The then leader of North Korea was Kim Jong Il’s father, Kim Jong-UN. The reactor was destroyed by Israeli air force.
March 21, 2018, Israel has lifted restrictions on the dissemination of information about the destruction of the IDF in 2007, a nuclear reactor in Syria that was built with the active participation of North Korean specialists. Previously, this information was published only with reference to the foreign media. On the night of 6 September 2007, Israeli aircraft attacked a site in the area of dir al-Zura, 450 km to the North from Damascus, and destroyed it. For carrying out the operation involved warplanes F-16 and F-15. Intelligence preparation for this operation began in late 2004.
In early June 2008, the Washington Post wrote that, according to the findings of American intelligence on al-Kibar, built with the help of experts from the DPRK, it was planned to produce plutonium. It was suggested that this plutonium was intended for the Iranian armed forces.
June 21, 2008 edition of the German Der Spiegel, citing sources in the German secret service wrote that a nuclear reactor at al Kibar, destroyed by Israeli air force, was “working for Iran”. It was argued that there was a common plan of Iran, Syria and North Korea, in which it is Damascus was to ensure the production of weapons-grade plutonium on its territory. The North Korean specialists had to create the components of the atomic bombs in Syria, as Iran was under the scrutiny of IAEA inspectors. Der Spiegel claimed that this secret plan was discussed at the beginning of 2006, during a visit to Damascus of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The article said that the reactor at al Kibar was a kind of “alternate aerodrome” for the Iranian military nuclear program.
Damascus and Pyongyang have rejected and continue to reject these allegations even after Israel took responsibility for the destruction of a nuclear facility under construction.