facebook
twitter
search
search

IAEA calls on Syria to cooperate

June 7, 2010 at 1:24 PM

VIENNA, June 7 (UPI) -- Syria hasn't cooperated with international nuclear inspectors since June 2008 on some sites, the director of the IAEA told officials Monday in Vienna.

Yukiya Amano, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told the board of governors Monday that Damascus hasn't cooperated in investigations regarding its Dair Alzour site and "other locations."

Israeli jets bombed the Dair Alzour facility near al-Kibar in Syria in 2007. Intelligence officials said they believed the site was a nuclear reactor of North Korean design under construction since 2001.

IAEA inspectors found traces of uranium that went undisclosed by Damascus, though it was unclear if the uranium was from Dair Alzour.

Amano called on Damascus to cooperate with the agency "on all matters." He added that it would be "helpful" if Israel shared any information regarding Dair Alzour with the IAEA.

Syria claims the nuclear material was from the Israeli weapons used on Dair Alzour, though the IAEA discredited those claims.

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Fayssal Mikdad said in March that it was "important" for Damascus to consider a civilian nuclear energy program.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Compact cannon for British armored vehicles
Ford recalls 432,000 North American vehicles over software bug
New Zealand military receives medium heavy military trucks
BBC to lay off 1,000 people to make up for $234M in lost revenue
U.S. proposes tighter pipeline spill rules