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Iran, Syria, N.Korea to Meet at U.N.

Friday, 21 Sep 2007 08:39 AM

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Diplomatic sources at United Nations headquarters tell NewsMax that they "anticipate" a meeting between Syrians, Iranians and North Koreans in NYC next week, NewsMax's Stew Stogel reports.

The delegations will be in the Big Apple to attend the annual General Assembly, which begins Tuesday and will run two weeks.

Among those attending the U.N. "forum" will be President Bush, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadienjad.

It is the Iranian's presence that is drawing the most attention.

Ahmadinejad's visit to the U.N., his third in three years, comes as the U.N. Security Council ponders a second round of sanctions for Tehran's refusal to suspend its uranium enrichment program.

While Iran insists the program relates to civilian power generation needs, Washington says it is part of a secret nuclear weapons program and wants it stopped.

The meeting of what one diplomat labelled "the new axis of evil," will come on the heels of reports that an Israeli air strike in Syria earlier this month was designed to knock out a secret nuclear installation Damascus had been operating with Iranian and North Korean assistance.

The Associated Press and ABC News reported that only days before the Israeli raid, a North Korean freighter unloaded a mysterious shipment at a Syrian Mediterranean port, which was officially listed as "cement."

Israeli and U.S. military sources say the shipment was in reality nuclear material from North Korea.

It is alleged that Pyongyang is seeking to disperse key elements of its nuclear weapons program rather than surrender them to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA-the UN atomic watchdog) as called for under a recent agreement between North Korea and a group of regional powers that includes the US, Russia, China and Japan.

At a news conference on Thursday, President Bush refused any comment on the Israeli raid.

Syria's foreign minister, Walid al-Moallem, and Israeli foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, will be in New York next week, though there is no indication that they will meet

Both are reported to know most of the details behind the Israeli air raid.

North Korea intends to send a deputy foreign minister to the U.N. assembly.

It is the North Korean, Iran and Syrian delegations that will keep most diplomatic observers on the lookout for what happens outside UN headquarters.

While none of the delegations have released details about their private meetings in NYC, NewsMax has learned that several "intelligence" personnel from Washington and Seoul will shadow the delegations during their NYC stay.

As one diplomat with intelligence connections confessed to NewsMax: "We have many people coming to New York. We will be very, very busy."

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