The Bush administration this week asserted that an Israeli airstrike in Syria Sept. 6 destroyed a nuclear reactor being constructed with the assistance of North Korea.Intelligence officials said in briefings that they believed the reactor was weeks away from being operational. The intelligence community said it had "high confidence" that the target was a nuclear reactor designed for the production of plutonium, "medium confidence" that North Korea was involved, and "low confidence" that Syria had a related weapons program. A CIA video shown to reporters extensively used computer simulations to press the case against the reactor, while including a few still photos. None showed North Koreans at the site, although intelligence officials said they had visited. The full range of U.S. intelligence information on the site is unclear, but skeptics have pointed to several key uncertainties:
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