Syria urges UN nuke agency to asses strike risk
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 20:56
Vienna: Syria has joined Russia in asking the UN atomic agency to assess the hazards posed by a possible military strike on its nuclear facilities.

The comments on Tuesday by Bassam Al-Sabbagh, Syria's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, follow a similar request by Moscow in a meeting yesterday of the IAEA's 35-nation board.

Russia is Syria's strongest ally in efforts to prevent US air strikes on Syrian government targets in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of Syrians.

Al-Sabbagh expressed "deep concern" about the nuclear risks of an attack. He told reporters Syria feels the agency has the authority to do an assessment.

The US, however, says such a report is outside the IAEA's mandate. IAEA chief Yukiya Amano says he needs time to consider the request.


First Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 20:56

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