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IAEA confirms that Syria did have a secret nuclear facility

“The facility that was … destroyed by Israel was a nuclear reactor under construction,”

Bombed Syrian plant ‘was nuclear facility site’ says energy agency, News Scotsman, 29 April 2011, By George Jahn and Khaled Yacoub Oweis, THE head of the International Atomic Energy Agency has said for the first time that a target destroyed by Israeli warplanes in the Syrian desert in 2007 was the covert site of a future nuclear reactor, countering assertions by Syria that it had no atomic secrets.

The comments came as forces loyal to president Bashar al-Assad continued their punitive crackdown on civilians calling for an end to his authoritian 11-year rule.

….. Previous reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency have suggested that the structure destroyed by Israel could have been a nuclear reactor. Yesterday’s comments by IAEA chief Yukiya Amano were the first time the agency has said so unequivocally. Mr Amano spoke during a Paris news conference meant to focus on the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

“The facility that was … destroyed by Israel was a nuclear reactor under construction,” he told a full news conference. “It was a reactor under construction.”

Israel has never publicly commented on the strike or even acknowledged carrying it out.

• Analysis: IAEA confirmation vindicates Israel’s strike

The US has shared intelligence with the agency that identifies the structure as a nearly completed nuclear reactor that, if finished, would have been able to produce plutonium for the fissile core of nuclear warheads.

Syria denies allegations of any covert nuclear activity or interest in developing nuclear arms. Its refusal to allow IAEA inspectors new access to the bombed Al Kibar desert site past a visit three years ago has heightened suspicions that it had something to hide, along with its decision to level the destroyed structure and later build over it.

Drawing on the 2008 visit by its inspectors, the IAEA determined that the destroyed building’s size and structure fit specifications that a North Korean-model reactor would have had. The site also contained graphite and natural uranium particles that could be linked to nuclear activities……


April 29, 2011 - Posted by | secrets,lies and civil liberties, Syria

1 Comment »

  1. […] The Syr­ian gov­ern­ment expressed out­rage about get­ting bombed by the “Zion­ist Entity,” of course, and even used the “Bush Lied” rhetoric, but did lit­tle else about it. In 2011, the IAEA con­curred with Israel’s claim about the facil­ity. […]

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