VIENNA - Senior UN nuclear inspectors held talks with Syrian officials in Damascus this week to try to kick-start a long-stalled probe into suspected atomic activities in the Arab state, but it was not immediately clear whether any progress was made.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Vienna-based UN nuclear watchdog, said that two days of discussions took place as planned on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Syrian capital.The outcome will be reported to the IAEA's 35-nation board, which next meets on Nov. 17-18, the agency said in response to a question. It gave no further detail.
US intelligence reports have said that before an Israeli air strike destroyed the Deir al-Zor site in the Syrian desert in 2007, it housed a nascent, North Korean-designed reactor intended to produce plutonium for atomic weaponry.
Syria says it was a non-nuclear military facility, but the IAEA concluded in May that Deir al-Zor was "very likely" to have been a reactor that should have been declared.