US says IAEA hardens fear of covert Syria atom site

The United States said on Friday the first independent monitoring report on an alleged Syrian nuclear site had hardened suspicions that Syria was building a covert reactor and would raise pressure on it to come clean.


The International Atomic Energy Agency report said that a Syrian complex bombed by Israel in 2007 bore multiple features resembling those of a reactor and UN inspectors had found a significant number of uranium traces at the site. The findings, based on analysis of satellite pictures and soil and water samples taken at the site last June, were not enough to conclude a reactor was there, the IAEA said. (Reuters)