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World in Brief / SYRIA

N. Koreans reportedly in the country

September 15, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

A senior U.S. nuclear official said North Koreans were in Syria and that the Syrian government may have had contacts with "secret suppliers" to obtain nuclear equipment.

Andrew Semmel, acting deputy assistant secretary of State for nuclear nonproliferation policy, did not identify the suppliers, but said North Koreans were in the country and that he could not exclude that the network run by the disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan may have been involved.

Syria has never commented publicly on its nuclear program.

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