U.N.: Evidence that bombed Syrian site was nuclear

NEW YORK (JTA) — A U.N. agency said there is new evidence to support claims that the Syrian installation Israel bombed in September 2007 was a secret nuclear site.

In a report released last Friday, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Syria has yet to explain the presence of uranium particles at the site in the Syrian desert, Dair Alzour, and that Syria had procured a large amount of graphite that Western intelligence officials have said was central to the operation of the clandestine nuclear reactor.

Syria has denied the site was nuclear in nature. But the U.N. agency’s report said, "The information provided by Syria to date does not adequately support its assertions about the nature of the site."

The IAEA called Syria to be more cooperative and transparent.

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