Wednesday, February 25, 2009

IAEA: Evidence of Covert Syrian Nuclear Facility

Following IAEA leaks released late last week, Reuters and the AFP respectively report on the IAEA leak and the Syrian response:
Already last year, the watchdog had revealed that a "significant" number of particles of man-made uranium had been found.

And last week, the senior official revealed that even more unexplained uranium had been found, plus traces of graphite, even if it was too early to determine whether it was nuclear-grade graphite.

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The IAEA also effectively dismissed Damascus's claims that the uranium could have come from the Israeli bombs which flattened Al-Kibar.

The IAEA's "current assessment is that there is a low probability that the uranium was introduced by the use of missiles," it had said in its latest report.

"The isotopic and chemical composition and the morphology of the particles are all inconsistent with what would be expected from the use of uranium based munitions."

But Syria rejected the IAEA's findings.

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Syria is set to top the agenda at the spring meeting of the IAEA's 35-member board of governors next week.

In the report, IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei urged Damascus to come clean about the exact nature of the site.

Syria needed to provide additional information and documentation, as well additional access to Dair Alzour and other locations, the report said.
Meanwhile, Syria's ambassador to Washingtong, Imad Moustapha, has been summoned by the State Department for a meeting with Jeffrey D. Feltman, the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs for discussions on the nuclear matter, Syria's support for terrorist organisations throughout the Arab world, and its destabilization efforts in Lebanon.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:22 AM

    Oh! There's a surprise!!

    Next thing you will tell me is that Hizbollah wants to rule Lebanon as if it was Iran...

    ReplyDelete

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