IAEA chief: We may use "special inspection" powers in Syria

February 1, 2011 23:07

International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano on Tuesday said that the UN nuclear watchdog could use its "special inspection" powers if Syria refuses to allow its inspectors access to a suspected nuclear site in the country, Reuters reported.

"On the Dair Alzour site, we haven't had progress after I became director general (in late 2009)," Amano stated. "We cannot wait for ever, of course ... already lots of time has passed."

Syria has blocked the IAEA access to the site, bombed by Israel in 2007.

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