US Government allegations that North Korea helped Syria build a nuclear reactor have been greeted with scepticism because of their timing.
Israeli jets bombed the alleged site in Syria’s eastern desert last September.
Today, after months of whispers, the White House publicly claimed that the target of the strike was a nuclear reactor.
It said the reactor was being built with North Korean help and was not intended for peaceful purposes.
US intelligence officials said the reactor had been close to becoming operational when it was destroyed.
But Mike Chinoy, from the Pacific Council on International Policy, says the claim needs to be taken in its political context, as North Korea’s denuclearisation reaches a critical stage.