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Analysts Mull N. Korea’s Link to Syrian Nuclear Site

Following the CIA's release of information on Thursday linking Syria's supposed nuclear reactor site to North Korean technology, analysts review the evidence and discuss the future of relations between the U.S. and North Korea.

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  • RAY SUAREZ:

    Finally tonight, the evidence of North Korean nuclear cooperation with Syria. Judy Woodruff has the story.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Top U.S. intelligence officials briefed members of Congress and reporters yesterday about North Korea helping Syria build a nuclear reactor.

    A key piece of evidence: an 11-minute video showing the Syrian facility. Here's a brief excerpt.

  • VIDEO NARRATOR:

    This photograph shows the top of the reactor vessel in the reactor hall before concrete was poured around the vertical control rod and refueling tubes.

    Note the similar arrangement of vertical tube openings in the top of the Syrian reactor on the left and North Korea's Yongbyon plutonium production reactor on the right.

    We assessed the Syrian reactor was similar in size and capacity to this North Korean reactor. Only North Korea has built such gas-cooled graphite-moderated reactors in the past 35 years.

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