Syria blames Israeli bombs for uranium traces

Syria's foreign minister suggested on Wednesday that Israeli bombs may be the source of uranium traces that diplomats at the UN nuclear agency said were found at a suspected nuclear site. Walid al-Moallem said that the leaks by the diplomats about the traces found at the site were politically motivated and aimed at pressuring Syria. Unnamed diplomats at the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency have said samples taken from a suspected nuclear site bombed by Israeli planes last year contained uranium combined with other elements that merit further investigation. He told a news conference Wednesday that bombs containing depleted uranium have been previously used in Iraq and Afghanistan.