A NK-Iran Link?
I’ve always been somewhat skeptical about claims that North Korea was aiding a Syrian nuclear program, mostly because Syria never really had a nuclear weapons program to begin with, and because no convincing evidence has come to (public) light to support the claim. Naturally, absence of evidence doesn’t equal evidence of absence and it is well within the realm of possibility to conclude that convincing evidence remains classified.
Keep in mind that I’m talking specifically about claims of nuclear weapons proliferation. There is plenty of evidence that leads to the conclusion that North Korea and Syria are cooperating economically, and increasingly aiding one another’s weapons development. North Korea has never denied the latter claim and, as reprehensible as it may be, is not illegal under international law.
With that said, GI Korea over at ROK Drop brings us some evidence of North Korean specialists visiting an alleged Iranian nuclear warhead facility. The source is a credible exile group. Also provided are some Google Earth photographs of the facility that seem to indicate some mysterious structures that may have housed North Korean specialists.
Speculating widely off the top of my head, it would be far more likely to assume that North Korea was using Syria as a conduit to funnel nuclear supplies to Iran than it would be to conclude that Syria is developing its own nuclear facilities. Although, I’m not denying the latter.