Syria was building reactor - UN agency

2011-04-28 21:52

Paris - The head of the UN nuclear agency has said for the first time that Syria tried to secretly build a nuclear reactor.

Yukiya Amano says that the target destroyed by Israeli warplanes five years ago "was a reactor under construction".

Syria denies that the bombed building had any nuclear uses and denies hiding secret atomic activities.

Previous IAEA reports have suggested that the structure hit could have been a reactor. But Amano's comments Thursday were the first time the agency has said so unequivocally.

Syria has stonewalled IAEA attempts to follow up on an initial 2008 visit to the site.

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