Posted by Joshua on Wednesday, November 14th, 2007
US, Israel refuse to cooperate with inquest into Syria strike: diplomat, Larisa Alexandrovna/Raw Story (Thanks T-desco)
The International Atomic Energy Agency – the United Nations nuclear watchdog – has not been able to conduct an investigation into the events surrounding the Sept. 6 Israeli bombing of a Syrian military installation because neither the Bush administration nor Israel are cooperating.
A diplomatic source close to the Vienna based IAEA told Raw Story that both the United States and Israel have been approached by the organization requesting supporting evidence of a nuclear reactor which media sources have cited, based on anonymous sources in both governments, as the reason for the Israeli strike.
The source also explained that the satellite footage, which the IAEA obtained through commercial channels for lack of any “credible evidence,” does not show a nuclear reactor in the early construction phase.
Another source, close to the IAEA, who wished to remain anonymous due to the sensitive nature of the topic, told RAW STORY last week that based on satellite imagery, evidence that “it was nuclear related is shaky” and pointed out that even basic security for such a facility – such as “security fences” – is missing.…
The diplomat close to the IAEA also confirmed the lack of radiation signatures, but explained that a reactor still under construction would not yet be fully loaded with the necessary materials and would not therefore give off any radiation. The diplomat, however, again pointed to the satellite images, which do not show a nuclear reactor under construction in any case, explaining certain geometric configurations are necessary for such a facility, including certain height indicators as well as the lack of security such as armed guards.…
After mystery raid, the prospect of Syrian-Israeli talks, AP
Israel’s reported new secret peace feelers to Syria have deepened the mystery over the countries’ relations and the reason why Israeli warplanes bombed a target inside Syria two months ago.
The United States has unofficially said that Israel’s target was a nascent Syrian nuclear program. But outside analysts and the U.N. maintain there isn’t proof of that, and say the Syrian site could well have been something else, including possibly a radar station.
Meanwhile, many in the region and in Europe remain skeptical about what proof the United States or Israel have that the bombed Syrian site was nuclear-linked.
“There hasn’t been anything that constitutes a definitive smoking gun proof that this facility the Israelis attacked was indeed a nuclear facility,” said David Hartwell, Middle East and North Africa editor for Jane’s Country Risk in London.
Syria has denied any nuclear ambitions and the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, has asked the United States and Israel to show proof.
A diplomat familiar with IAEA affairs, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the issue’s sensitivity, said one theory being considered within the agency is that the bombed site may have been a forward radar system, and not a nuclear site. …