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IAEA confirms 2007 Syrian reactor a covertly-built one

04-29-2011 14:45 BJT Special Report:Unrest in Syria |

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The UN nuclear watchdog has said for the first time that a target destroyed by Israeli warplanes in Syria in 2007 was a covertly-built nuclear reactor. This counters assertions by Syria that it had no atomic secrets to hide.

Yukiya Amano, IAEA Director-General said "The allegation on the facility which was allegedly destroyed by Israel was a nuclear reactor under construction. So, the reactor under construction does not produce plutonium. We need to give further analysis on this issue."

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA,
Yukiya Amano, gesturers as he speaks to the media during a press
conference while Secretary General of the Organization for Economic
Co-operation and Development (OECD) Angel Gurria sits next to him at
the OECD headquarters in Paris, Thursday, April 28, 2011.(AP Photo/
Michel Euler)

Previous reports by the IAEA suggested that the structure could have been a nuclear reactor. Israel has never publicly commented on the strike or even acknowledged carrying it out. Syria's refusal to allow IAEA inspectors new access to the bombed desert site has also heightened suspicions of its nuclear capabilities.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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