Syria: 'US nuclear claims political manipulation'

Syria on Thursday dismissed U.S. accusations that North Korea was helping it build a nuclear reactor that could produce plutonium.

Syria: 'US nuclear claims political manipulation'
Syria's ambassador to Britain, Sami al-Khiyami, told Reuters that the accusation, which President George W. Bush's administration was expected to lay out to lawmakers on Thursday, was to put pressure on North Korea in talks about Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

"This has nothing to do with North Korea and Syria. They just want to exert more pressure on North Korea. This is why they are coming up with this story," Khiyami said.

"This is political manipulation ahead of the talks with North Korea to exert more pressure on them."

Khiyami was speaking before what a U.S. official said would be evidence regarding alleged Syria-North Korea nuclear cooperation to be put to lawmakers in Washington on Thursday.

Reuters
Last Mod: 25 Nisan 2008, 09:16
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