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IAEA Board To Discuss Syria, Iran

June 06, 2011

The International Atomic Energy Agency board of governors is holding a weeklong meeting in Vienna amid pressure from the United States and other nations to rebuke Syria over alleged illicit nuclear activity.

The latest IAEA report concluded that a Syrian site destroyed in a 2007 Israeli raid was probably a nuclear reactor that should have been declared.

Syria insists that it was a nonnuclear military site.

Opening the meeting today, IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano said Syria had failed to cooperate fully on Deir Alzour, despite being given "ample time."

The issue of Iran's nuclear program will also be high on the agenda.

Amano said the IAEA had received "further information related to possible past or current undisclosed nuclear-related activities that seem to point to the existence of possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program.

"There are indications that certain of these activities may have continued until recently," he added.

compiled from agency reports

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/iaea_syria_vienna_meeting/24221808.html

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