Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Traces of uranium on a site in northern Syria were residue from Israeli missiles used to bomb the area in September 2007, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said on Tuesday.
“The traces of uranium found on the site come from Israeli missiles launched during the destruction of the building. It is the only plausible explanation,” Muallem said.
The facility destroyed by Israel “was a military building that had no nuclear vocation,” Muallem said at a joint news conference with visiting British Foreign Secretary David Miliband.
Last week media reports said that UN nuclear experts who visited the site in September had found atomic material.
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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei said on Monday that “there was uranium” at the site but that this did not prove there was a reactor.
“There was uranium but that doesn’t mean there was a reactor … It’s not highly enriched uranium,” said ElBaradei, whose inspectors visited the bombed Al-Kibar site last June, taking samples.