Iran has conducted work on a trigger for a nuclear weapon and Syria "very likely" was building a nuclear reactor in 2007, the United Nations' nuclear watchdog formally concluded. A report on the progress of Iran's nuclear program issued Tuesday by the International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran has conducted work on a sophisticated nuclear triggering device to be used to set off a nuclear weapon, The New York Times reported.
On a single day during Passover 1986, most of Israel's major dailies ran oddly identical front-page stories describing a secret negotiation, recently collapsed, between Israel and Iraq. Iraq, it was said, had approached Israeli representatives in New York, asking that Jerusalem switch its covert support from Iran to Iraq in the war between them. In return, Iraq would exchange ambassadors with Israel after it won the war. Israel reportedly demanded recognition now, not later, and then ended the contacts abruptly after Washington caught wind of them.