Syria's Activites Still a Concern

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The Obama administration has made clear that it plans to open talks with Iran, and has already been reaching out to Syria, the country's closest ally.

Though President Obama has not revealed any concerns yet, the administration may soon need to address some of Syria's activities, like the development of weapons of mass destruction.

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad has said he wants to improve his country's relationship with the U.S. So far, the Obama administration has been very receptive.

A congressional delegation was sent to meet with the Syrian dictator this week, and some analysts believe sanctions against Syria, a longtime state sponsor of terrorism, will be lifted.

The U.S. Department of Commerce has also agreed to sell plane parts to the Syrians.

Despite being wooed by the new administration, Syria has yet to change its behavior.

The country still funds and supports terror groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. Syria also continues to meddle in Lebanon and has done little to stem the flow of foreign jihadists into Iraq.

Although Israel destroyed a Syrian nuclear weapons plant, it seems the Syrians have not been deterred. News surfaced this week that Syria is building a new chemical weapons plant in the country's northwest.

The IAEA also released a report declaring that traces of uranium were found at the nuclear site the Israelis destroyed. The report debunks Syria's claim that the plant was not being used for nuclear activities.

It should also be a signal to the Obama administration to proceed with caution when dealing with Damascus.

*Originally aired February 20, 2009

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