Syria Joins Russia in Urging UN Nuke Agency to Assess Hazards of a Strike on its Reactor 9/10/13
VIENNA - Syria has joined Russia in asking the U.N. atomic agency to assess the hazards posed by a possible military strike on its nuclear facilities.
The request today to the International Atomic Energy Agency follow a similar request by Moscow in a meeting Monday of the IAEA's 35-nation board.
Russia is Syria's strongest ally in efforts to prevent U.S. air strikes on Syrian government targets in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of Syrians.
Syria's envoy to the IAEA expressed "deep concern" about the nuclear risks of an attack. He told reporters Syria feels the agency has the authority to do an assessment.
The U.S., however, says such a report is outside the IAEA's mandate.
IAEA chief Yukiya Amano says he needs time to consider the request.