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U.S. tells Syria to come clean on nukes

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The IAEA should refer Syria to the Security Council if it doesn't start cooperating, the chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee said.

Yukiya Amano, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said his inspectors haven't been allowed to visit the Dair Alzour facility since 2008.

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Israeli jets bombed the Dair Alzour facility near al-Kibar in Syria in 2007. Intelligence officials 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.

U.S. Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called on the IAEA to demand special inspections of Syrian nuclear facilities to determine if their program is illicit or somehow connected to "suspicious activity."

"If Syria refuses, the IAEA board of governors should refer Syria's non-compliance with its safeguards obligations to the U.N. Security Council," he said in a statement.

Amano told the board of governors in June that Damascus hasn't cooperated in investigations regarding its Dair Alzour site and "other locations."

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