IAEA: Not contacted by Syria rebels about ex-nuclear site

By REUTERS
March 4, 2013 18:04

VIENNA- Syrian rebels who have reportedly captured a suspected nuclear reactor site - destroyed by Israel six years ago - have not been in contact with UN inspectors about visiting it, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said on Monday.

The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has long sought access to a site in Syria's desert Deir al-Zor region that U.S. intelligence reports say was a nascent, North Korean-designed reactor geared to producing plutonium for nuclear weapons before Israel bombed it in 2007.

On February 24, opposition sources in eastern Syria said rebels had captured the destroyed site near the Euphrates River.

"Certainly we are aware of the report on (the) rebel group's offer to invite us to the site of Deir al-Zor but we are not aware of any communication to that effect," Amano, IAEA director general, told a news conference, referring to a media report last month.


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