Syrian VP: We allowed UN nuclear inspection to disprove US allegations

Syria's vice president said Wednesday night his country allowed UN nuclear inspectors to visit a site in the remote eastern desert destroyed by Israeli jets last year to prove that US allegations of a covert Syrian nuclear program were false. Farouk al-Sharaa said however that the International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors would not be allowed to probe beyond the Al Kibar site, despite a UN request to visit three other suspect locations. His comments in an interview with the Hizbullah-owned Al Manar TV station were the first from Syria on the four-day visit by the IAEA team, which ended Wednesday. A senior UN atomic inspector told reporters Wednesday upon his return to Vienna, Austria, the site of IAEA headquarters, that his team's initial probe of US allegations was inconclusive and required further checks.