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Syria showing 'contempt' for UN over nukes

2012-09-14 18:01

Vienna - Syria is showing "contempt" towards the UN atomic watchdog by refusing to co-operate over a suspected undeclared reactor destroyed by Israel in 2007, the US envoy to the agency said on Friday.

President Bashar Assad's government "is using its brutal repression of the Syrian people as an excuse for not co-operating with the agency's investigation", Robert Wood told a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) board.

Syria's "rejection of the international community's calls to remedy its non-compliance shows its continuing contempt for this board and for the system of international safeguards," he said, according to a text of his remarks.

The IAEA board reported Syria to the UN Security Council in June 2011 after watchdog head Yukiya Amano concluded that the Dair Alzour desert site was "very likely" a nuclear reactor which should have been declared to the IAEA under Damascus's safeguards agreement with the agency.

The IAEA says information provided to the agency suggested that the alleged reactor, which was still under construction when it was bombed by Israeli aircraft in September 2007, was being built with North Korean assistance.

Comments
  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-14 18:35

    . When this assad psychopath, can fire rockets into apartment buildings, drop bombs on unarmed civilians standing in a que, waiting to buy bread, and has his gunship terrorist shoot live ammunition on women and children, than for sure, one must watch this unstable monster. assad is capable of ANYTHING !!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-15 06:36

      When this assad psychopath, can fire rockets into apartment buildings, drop bombs on unarmed civilians standing in a que, waiting to buy bread, and has his gunship terrorist shoot live ammunition on women and children, than for sure, one must watch this unstable monster. assad is capable of ANYTHING !!!!

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-09-15 12:51

      Haha are you paid to write these comments or just a dumb troll. I really cant work it out.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-15 18:45

      Tom, Tried to phone you on your 37 number, but could not get through, but will try again in the morning !!

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