Syria criticizes IAEA for not censuring Israel

State-owned newspaper says decision not to censure Israel over refusal to allow nuclear inspections was regretful.

September 25, 2010 15:26
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DAMASCUS, Syria — A state-owned Syrian newspaper criticized a meeting of the UN nuclear agency for failing to censure Israel over its refusal to allow inspections of its nuclear program.

A 151-nation meeting in Vienna narrowly defeated the push by Arab nations, including Syria. The US and other Israeli allies had argued the resolution would have threatened Mideast peace talks and the chances of staging a high-level Mideast nuclear meeting.

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The Tishrin government newspaper said Saturday that the outcome was regretful and showed that "talking about Israel's nuclear affairs ... is a red line."

Syria itself is under investigation by the International Atomic Energy Agency on the suspicion it has a secret nuclear program. Syria denies that.

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