UN watchdog chides bombing of reactor

2011-06-06 22:37

kalahari.com

  • Syria
    Options and Implications for Lebanon and the Region Now R196.00
    buy now

Vienna - The head of the UN nuclear watchdog took a swipe at Israel on Monday for "allegedly" bombing and destroying a suspected Syrian reactor site in 2007, saying the case should have been reported to his agency instead.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been investigating Syria for three years over possible undeclared nuclear activity at the Dair Alzour site in the desert.

US intelligence reports said it was a nascent North Korean-designed reactor intended to make bomb-grade plutonium.

The IAEA board is expected to rebuke Syria later this week for carrying out covert atomic work, but a Western push to refer it to the UN Security Council appears to have failed to win backing from several states such as Russia.

Syria denies harbouring a nuclear weapons programme but has blocked access to Dair Alzour since a one-off visit of IAEA inspectors in 2008.

"It is deeply regrettable that the facility was destroyed - allegedly by Israel - without the agency having been given an opportunity to perform its verification role," Yukiya Amano told the IAEA's 35-nation governing board in a statement.

"Rather than force being used, the case should have been reported to the IAEA," he said, according to a copy of his remarks at a closed-door session.

Outstanding issues

Israel has neither confirmed nor denied bombing the site and has not commented on what might have been there.

It is widely accepted among diplomats and IAEA officials that Israel carried out the attack.

In a memoir published last year, former US President George W Bush said Israel bombed the site after failing to persuade his administration to carry out the strike.

Amano also reiterated that the site was "very likely" to have been a nuclear reactor which Damascus should have reported to the IAEA, an assessment which has opened up the possibility of a referral to the United Nations Security Council.

Amano said Syria had been given ample time to co-operate with the UN agency but had declined to do so.

"Nevertheless, we had obtained enough information to draw a conclusion. I judged it appropriate to inform member states of our conclusion at this stage as it was in no one's interest to let this situation drag on indefinitely."

In an apparent effort to derail a Security Council referral by the IAEA board, Syria wrote to Amano last month pledging to co-operate fully. It did not give details of how it would do this.

"I am confident about our conclusion and I look forward to engaging further with Syria to resolve related outstanding issues," Amano said, suggesting Syria may have a window of opportunity to work with the agency.

Read more on:    iaea  |  syria  |  nuclear
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
 

Numsa prepares for life after Cosatu

Numsa has not only reiterated its call for President Jacob Zuma to resign but it is also preparing for life outside of Cosatu, a report states.

 
 

Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Thursday Sir Lowry's Pass - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Old Sir Lowrys Pass Road
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Bezweni Road
  • Thursday Cape Town - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Buitengracht Street
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Waterkant Street
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Nokia E7

Your mobile office Real-time emails with Mail for Exchange. Easy access to...

From R3499.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be good at organising events but they do take their toll on your energy levels. You may need some time out today just to...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.