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Syria on the same track with Iran

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on November 6, 2010

The United States warned Syria on Friday it may face action by governors of the United Nations nuclear watchdog if Damascus fails to give its inspectors access to the remains of a suspected nuclear site in the desert.

It has been over two years since the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was allowed to visit the Dair Alzour site in Syria where secret nuclear activity may have taken place before it was bombed to rubble by Israel in 2007.

Syria is now seen as unlikely to yield to a special inspection. Diplomats and analysts believe the IAEA will refrain from escalating the dispute at a time of rising tension with Iran, which the West suspects of seeking nuclear weapons.

If Syria were to reject a request for a special inspection, the 35-nation IAEA board could vote to refer the issue to the UN Security Council, as it did with Iran’s dossier four years ago. The board next convenes in early December.

Glyn Davies, Washington’s IAEA envoy, said in a speech posted on the U.S. mission’s website on Friday it was “urgent and essential” that Syria heed UN inspectors’ requests for extended access to sites, personnel and material.

“Absent clear action by Syria to cooperate fully with the IAEA, we are rapidly approaching a situation where the (IAEA) board (of governors) and secretariat must consider all available measures and authorities…,” he said.

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