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Syria to cooperate over secret reactor allegations

Leaked report: Syria to cooperate with IAEA over nuclear reactor

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Report suggests installation bombed in 2007 was a working nuclear reactor. (GETTY IMAGES)
Report suggests installation bombed in 2007 was a working nuclear reactor. (GETTY IMAGES)

A confidential document leaked to Associated Press has revealed that Syria has promised to cooperate with a United Nations evidence probe regarding a secret nuclear reactor.

The Associated Press report suggests that if honoured, Syria would cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over allegations that a target bombed in 2007 was a nuclear reactor, capable of producing plutonium.

The news comes just ahead of a 35-state IAEA meeting on 6 June, at which Washington had planned to report Syria to the United Nations Security Council, shortly after an IAEA report stated that the agency ‘assessed that the building destroyed…was a nuclear reactor.”

The confidential note, reported to be from IAEA chief Yukiya Amano to board members, quoted Syrian nuclear agency officials as saying: “we are ready to fully cooperate with the agency.”

 

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