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UN Nuclear Watchdog Calls for Information on Alleged Syrian Nuclear Reactor


The United Nations nuclear agency says it has no information to support a recent media report of an undeclared nuclear facility in Syria.

A spokeswoman, Melissa Fleming, for the International Atomic Energy Agency says her agency would investigate any relevant information on the subject. She said the IAEA expects any country with information about nuclear-related activity of another country to provide that information to the IAEA.

The New York Times newspaper reported Sunday that an Israeli air strike on Syria last month targeted a partially built nuclear reactor.

The article, which cited unidentified U.S. and foreign officials, said the nuclear reactor was modeled on one North Korea used for stockpiling nuclear fuel.

U.S. officials said the site was identified by satellite photographs earlier this year.

The IAEA says it is in contact with Syrian authorities to verify the authenticity of the report.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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