Der Spiegel: Syria is Developing Nuclear Arms

Some time ago, Europe and the US have declared that Assad has surrendered his entire chemical arsenal. However, recent satellite images indicate that Assad has not given up his dream of an atomic weapon and has apparently built a new nuclear facility at a secret location

New intelligence suggests that Bashar al-Assad is still trying to obtain atomic weapons, possibly with help from North Korea and Iran, according to a report on the German weekly Der Spiegel.

The most recent satellite images, published on Der Spiegel, show six structures: a guard house and five sheds, three of which conceal entrances to the facility below. The site also has special access to the power grid, connected to the nearby city of Blosah. A particularly suspicious detail is the deep well which connects the facility with Zaita Lake, four kilometers away. Such a connection is unnecessary for a conventional weapons cache, but it is essential for a nuclear facility.

The German weekly published that the Syrian facility is situated close to the border with Lebanon, citing intelligence sources and satellite imagery. According to the report, the installation is secured by Hezbollah forces, and the scientists working there are from Iran and North Korea.

Analysts say that the Syrian atomic weapon program has continued in a secret, underground location. According to information they have obtained, approximately 8,000 fuel rods are stored there. Furthermore, a new reactor or an enrichment facility has very likely been built at the site - a development of incalculable geopolitical consequences.

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