Israel and Syria announce nuclear energy ambitions
09-Mar-2010 (one comment)

Israel and Syria have both told a conference in Paris they want to use nuclear power to generate electricity.

Israeli Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau told delegates his country wanted to build new nuclear plants to reduce its dependence on coal.

Syria's deputy foreign minister said the peaceful application of nuclear energy should not be monopolised.

Israel has a research reactor open to international inspection, and another said to have produced nuclear weapons.

In 2007, Israeli jets destroyed a site in Syria which the US alleged was a covert nuclear reactor under construction - something Damascus has strenuously denied.

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Will this trigger a Nuclear Race or Cooperation ?

by Darius Kadivar on

I wonder !

But Syria Young President Bashir Assad has been Seeking a Rapproachment with the West and particularly France ( who is staunchly against Iran's nuclear program) so this news is quite an important development.

I cannot see Syria and Israel making such a joint declaration in Paris without some mediation from France behind the curtain.

It remains to be seen if this is the begining of a nuclear race in the middle east or the begining of a further isolation of Iran with Syria distancing itself from it's clerical ally to join Israel.