VIENNA - Russia said on Thursday it would
vote against a Western-led push at the UN nuclear watchdog to
report Syria to the Security Council for covert atomic work,
diplomats attending a closed-door meeting said.
They said China
was also expected to vote against a draft
resolution at the 35-nation board of the International Atomic
Energy Agency rebuking the Arab state for three years of
stonewalling of a probe into a site bombed by Israel
But Western diplomats said they believed they still had
enough support for the IAEA board to adopt the text, which would
require a simple majority.
reports have said Dair Alzour was a
nascent, North Korean-designed reactor
intended to produce
plutonium for atomic bombs before it was bombed to rubble. Syria
denies the charge.
The IAEA, the Vienna
-based UN atomic agency, gave
independent backing to the US allegation in a report last
month which said it was "very likely" to have been a reactor.