Nuke watchdog: ‘Significant finds’ at Syrian site


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Traces of uranium and graphite were found in samples taken from the site of a suspected nuclear reactor in Syria, the United Nations nuclear watchdog said.

The International Atomic Energy Agency made the disclosure Thursday, according to news reports.

The discovery of additional uranium as well as graphite, which is used to construct a nuclear reactor core, is a "significant" find, Reuters quoted a senior U.N. official as saying.

The samples were taken last June from the site, which Israel bombed in 2007. Israel and the United States have claimed the site was a nascent nuclear reactor; Syria says it was a conventional military facility.   

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