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UN nuclear watchdog could ask for special Syria inspection

The head of the UN nuclear watchdog said he could demand intrusive inspections of Syria's atomic activities because of its refusal to give access.

world Updated: Nov 11, 2010 09:20 IST

The head of the UN nuclear watchdog said he could demand intrusive inspections of Syria's atomic activities because of its refusal to give access.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) wants access to get to the Dair Alzour desert site that was bombed by Israel in 2007 and others in Syria, its director general Yukiya Amano said in New York.

"In Syria, special inspection is of course one of the options but for now I am continuing to request Syria to provide access and will continue to do so for now. For the future: I am open," Amano said.

The IAEA chief can ask the agency board for a special intrusive inspection and Syria would be referred to the UN Security Council if it failed to comply.

A similar process has led to the council passing four rounds of sanctions against Iran because of its refusal to stop uranium enrichment.