Thursday, March 3, 2011

Syria rejects UN nuke probe

Diplomats say Syria has formally rejected a request from the head of the U.N. atomic agency for access to a suspected nuclear site.

The diplomats said senior Syrian officials told the agency in a letter this month that Damascus would allow no new inspections.

Israeli warplanes destroyed what the U.S. says was a secretly built nuclear reactor in 2007. Syria allowed International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors to visit the site once but has refused subsequent requests.

The refusal was a snub to IAEA chief Yukiya Amano, who had directly asked Syria's foreign minister in November to allow a new visit. (read more)