For the Iraqis, a Missile Deal that Went Sour

(New York Times) - Two years before the American invasion of Iraq, Mr. Hussein's sons, generals, and front companies were engaged in lengthy negotiations with North Korea, according to computer files discovered by international inspectors and the accounts of Bush administration officials. Those negotiations - mostly conducted in neighboring Syria, apparently with the knowledge of the Syrian government - were not merely to buy a few North Korean missiles. Instead, the goal was to obtain a full production line to manufacture, under an Iraqi flag, the North Korean missile system, which would be capable of hitting American allies and bases around the region.

2003-12-01 00:00:00

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