Friday, April 29, 2011

If IAEA implicates Syria in building covert nuclear reactor in upcoming report, UN Security Council action could follow

UN inspectors may say in an upcoming report that a Syrian desert site bombed to rubble in 2007 was probably a covert nuclear reactor, opening the way for the UN Security Council to take up the case, diplomats said.

Previous International Atomic Energy Agency reports have said there are indications nuclear activity may have taken place at the Dair Alzour site, but the next report could use more pointed wording, according to Vienna-based diplomats.

The IAEA declined to comment about the report, which will be presented to its 35-nation governing board in June.

The board has the power to refer countries to the Security Council if they are judged to have broken IAEA rules based on the global Non-Proliferation Treaty that ban diversions of nuclear technology to weapons development. (read more)