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Nuclear mattersIsrael unhappy with IAEA

Published 8 June 2009

Israel wants IAEA to condemn Syria over uranium findings; Israel also accuses the IAEA of not using all of the agency’s investigative tools to investigate Syria’s nuclear activities

The Israel Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC) responded Saturday to an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report that says traces of uranium have been discovered at yet another Syrian site.  “The agency must condemn Syria for hiding facts regarding this activity,” the response said.

The Israeli response also accuses the IAEA’s chief of so far failing to use “all of the tools at his disposal to investigate Syria,” and calls on him to conduct an inquiry “free of political inflection and bias, and also to demand that North Korea, also mentioned in the report, participate in the probe.”

The IAEA report says Syria has been evading requests by the agency to tour the sites in question. “This matter only bolsters the suspicion that Syria is trying to distort evidence regarding its secretive nuclear activity,” Israel’s response says.

The report on Iran, it adds, finds evidence of an increased capacity for uranium enrichment. “In addition the report stresses the IAEA’s lack of ability to effectively and efficiently supervise Iran in light of its refusal to cooperate,” Israel says. The international community “cannot hang all hope on the IAEA in Iran”, the response says. “Thus officials from the international community must act determinedly and immediately to ensure that Iran cannot create a nuclear weapon. “The weakness displayed by the international community at this time permits North Korea to adopt defying policies, and this policy is being learned attentively by Iran.” 

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