IAEA chief: Syrian transparency on nuclear issue "essential"
It is "essential" that Syria be more transparent about an alleged secret nuclear reactor that was bombed by Israel in 2007, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei said Monday in Vienna, reported dpa.
When IAEA inspectors visited the al-Kibar site in the Syrian desert last June, they found traces of man-made uranium, which ElBaradei said were unlikely to have originated from Israeli munitions, as Damascus claims.
Syria needed to grant further visits and let the IAEA see the rubble from the bombing site, as well as further locations and documents related to al-Kibar, the Egyptian IAEA Director General said at a meeting of the agency's governing board.
"I urge Syria to take these measures at the earliest possible date," ElBaradei said.
Syrian officials have stated that the site was a conventional nuclear facility and have dismissed the IAEA's findings of uranium and other materials that could point to a nuclear reactor.