MESOP TODAY’S QUOTATION : The Lausanne Negotations & Syria

“The possibility of Iranian nuclear activity in Syria had already been raised in 2011 in an analysis by Emanuele Ottolenghi, also a senior fellow at FDD. An Iranian-funded and North Korean-built program at the Syrian site of al-Kibar, near Deir ez-Zor, would “sustain Iran’s plausible deniability about its nuclear program.” Ottolenghi pointed out. He continued: “[W]ith its covert nuclear activities in Arak exposed in 2002, Iran may have sought an alternative that could ensure a supply of weapons-grade plutonium even under the increased scrutiny of the international community.” The al-Kibar site was destroyed in 2007 in an air strike believed to have been carried out by Israel.”