Syria is a non-nuclear weapon state party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and has a Comprehensive Nuclear Safeguards Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The Haaretz investigation of the bombing of the nuclear reactor is based on conversations with 25 of the individuals who were involved in the operation and in the events connected to it, in Israel and in the United States. Sayeret Matkal (Photo: IDF) After the leadership of Bashar Al Assad in 2001, the relationship between Syria and North Korea drastically increased.

Three minutes over Syria: How Israel destroyed Assad’s nuclear reactor Israel only wised up to Damascus’s bid for nukes after it found Gaddafi had managed to run a similar program covertly. Israel acknowledged publicly for the first time Wednesday that it struck a secret nuclear reactor in Syria 11 years ago.

Lt.-Col. Dror, one of the Israeli pilots who bombed the nuclear reactor in Syria stated: “We understood the significance of what we were doing.” In 2008, Israel’s actions were vindicated when the IAEA confirmed the site had abnormally high levels of uranium. Operation Orchard: Bombing of the Syrian Nuclear Reactor. Now, with Assad’s horrific campaign of death and destruction, the whole world thanks Israel for taking action. As soon as Jerusalem was fairly certain that Syria was on the verge of activating a nuclear reactor, Israel discussed the next steps with Washington. After more than a decade of secrecy, Israel has confirmed it has conducted a 2007 military raid on what was believed to be a Syrian nuclear reactor. Syria and North Korea teamed up to build a nuclear reactor designed to look like an ancient fort in the Syrian desert.

Beginning in the 1980s, Syria sought to expand its nuclear capabilities, and in 1991 China agreed to construct Syria's first research reactor at Der Al-Hadjar, the SRR-1. One of the key figures who led to the decision to bomb the Syrian reactor, the head of the Mossad at the time, Meir Dagan, died in March last year. Syria was building a reactor that could only be part of a nuclear-weapons program. Eric Sof-Jun 11, 2018. By. North Korea helped Syria construct a nuclear reactor that was “within weeks of completion” when Israel destroyed the facility in September, the Bush administration said on Thursday. How would the world look if Israel hadn't taken action? Assad was on a frequent visit to North Korea. Syria had signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) before the strike, which gave it the right to build a reactor to generate electricity. Nuclear.