Iran and Syria Denounced in United Nation's Nuclear Talks Opener

The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How Tehran Defies the West
Iran, Syria Denounced in UN Nuclear Talks Opener
VOA - Monday, June 6th, 2011

The head of the United Nation's nuclear watchdog says Iran may have carried out nuclear work with possible military purposes.

Speaking at the start of a week-long board meeting on nuclear developments in Vienna, International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano criticized Iran Monday for not cooperating with international nuclear experts.

Western nations say Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons capability under the cover of a civilian energy program. Tehran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

Amano also criticized Syria Monday, defending the IAEA's earlier assessment that a site known as Dair Alzour was “very likely” to have been an undeclared nuclear reactor.

The United States and its allies are continuing to push for the IAEA to report Syria to the U.N. Security Council because of its refusal to let the agency inspect the suspected nuclear reactor site.

Israel bombed the site in 2007. Syria has long denied the facility was related to nuclear activities.

Last month, the IAEA said Syria had offered to pledge full cooperation with international nuclear regulatory authorities in, what Western diplomats called, an effort to ward off disciplinary action.

In March, Amano said Syria has not cooperated with the agency since June 2008 to address issues related to the site.

Iran, Syria Denounced in UN Nuclear Talks Opener
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