Iran, Syria on U.N. nuke watchdog’s agenda


The board of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog will discuss Iran and Syria.

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s meeting scheduled to begin Monday in Vienna explore the delayed investigation into Iran’s alleged work on a nuclear weapon. It also will likely receive an update on the probe of an alleged Syrian nuclear weapons plant that was bombed by Israel in September 2007.

A confidential report made public last week accused Iran of blocking IAEA investigators. Iran also has refused to halt nuclear enrichment and reportedly has built about half the uranium-enriching centrifuges needed to build a nuclear bomb.

The Syrian investigation is not officially on the IAEA meeting’s agenda, according to the French press agency.

The IAEA board also will discuss Libya, which halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003.   

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