Saturday, April 26, 2008

Expert questions US claim over Syrian reactor

Vienna - A nuclear physicist close to the United Nations atomic watchdog cast doubt yesterday on the veracity of US intelligence which claimed that Syria had been building a secret atomic reactor.

“When you look at the (US intelligence services) pictures, they show only raw construction,” an expert close to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told AFP on condition on anonymity. “It was just the shell of a site, and the walls did not look like the ones needed for a plutonium reactor.”

Walls of a plutonium reactor “need a lot of piping, there was nothing like that on the pictures,” he added.

On Thursday, US national security officials briefed US lawmakers, presenting intelligence they said showed Syria had been building a secret nuclear reactor with a military purpose.

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