Diplomats: No breakthrough at Syria atomic talks

October 29, 2011 11:02

VIENNA - Talks between senior UN nuclear inspectors and Syrian officials in Damascus this week yielded no immediate breakthrough in a long-stalled atomic probe, diplomats said.

In an attempt to advance its investigation into suspected nuclear activities in the Arab state, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) took part in two days of discussions in Tuesday and Wednesday in the Syrian capital.

The IAEA and Syria's representative in Vienna were not immediately available for comment on Saturday, but diplomats said the talks in Damascus had made little progress.

The IAEA has been seeking access to a desert site at Deir al-Zor, which US intelligence reports say was a nascent, North Korean-designed reactor before Israel bombed it to rubble in 2007.

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