Syria conducted nuclear experiments in 2004
Syria has conveyed to the UN nuclear watchdog about past nuclear experiments, but is still refusing to cooperate over claims that it was building a secret nuclear facility with North Korea's aid, a new report revealed Monday. In a restricted four-page report cited by AFP, the International Atomic Energy Agency said that Damascus "provided the Agency with information concerning previously unreported uranium conversion and irradiation activities" at a small research reactor in the Syria capital.
Syria insists the scale of the experiment was small, "involving tens of grammes of nuclear material" and took place in 2004.
A senior diplomat familiar with the IAEA probe said it was too early to determine whether the experiments were purely of a small scientific nature, as Syria claimed, or part of wider, more extensive research.