U.N. Watchdog Says Syria Was Trying To Build Nuclear Reactor

Apr 28, 2011

"The head of the U.N. nuclear agency has said for the first time that Syria tried to secretly build a nuclear reactor," The Associated Press reports from Paris.

The wire service adds that "Yukiya Amano says that the target destroyed by Israeli warplanes five years ago 'was a reactor under construction' " — something that Syrian officials have long denied, though it was reported at the time by The New York Times that the facility was a reactor modeled after a North Korean nuclear plant. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.