Another article that refutes the Iran/Syria/Hezb/Hamas supporters in the world.
Syria dismisses IAEA uranium find at bombed site
Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:29pm GMT
Syrian ambassador to meet senior U.S. diplomat By Mark Heinrich
VIENNA (Reuters) - Syria said on Tuesday U.N. inspectors' discovery of uranium traces at an alleged secret nuclear site was not "significant" as they maintain, suggesting the International Atomic Energy Agency's analysis was faulty.
Damascus also denied U.N. officials' account that IAEA sleuths had found graphite at the place where Washington says the Syrians had almost built a graphite-core reactor meant to yield weapons-grade plutonium, before Israel bombed it in 2007.
And Syrian atomic energy agency director Ibrahim Othman repeated that Damascus would allow no more investigative IAEA visits to the country, on the grounds this would involve military sites beyond the writ of the U.N. nuclear watchdog.
Othman further dismissed the IAEA's finding that the uranium particles' chemical composition showed they did not come from munitions Israel used against the target known as al-Kibar, saying, "That is an explanation we do not accept."
"Chemical analysis can be played with the way you like. Always in laboratories there can be errors, anyone knows that," he told reporters after a tough exchange with inspectors at a briefing for the agency's 35-nation board of governors.
An IAEA power-point presentation said: "Eighty particles of uranium oxide is significant," according to two diplomats at the closed-door gathering. That was a reference to traces found in soil samples inspectors took at the site last June.
Chief inspector Olli Heinonen said the particles found were in spherical form, not in larger fragments that would have indicated depleted uranium, an element sometimes used to increase the penetrating power of munitions.
Therefore it was up to Syria to provide a credible explanation for the particles, Heinonen told the meeting.
Nothing to see here , move along...