Taken Question
Gordon Duguid
Acting Deputy Department Spokesman, Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
February 19, 2009

Question: Do you have any comment on the recently released IAEA report on Syria’s nuclear program?

Answer: This is the second report by the IAEA relating to Syria’s nuclear activities since the Al-Kibar reactor was destroyed in September 2007. The first report was submitted to the Board of Governors in November 2008.

We expect the Board of Governors, during its March 2-6 meeting, to address the mounting evidence and ongoing concerns related to Syria’s clandestine nuclear activities noted in the Director General’s report. We fully support the IAEA in its investigation and urge the international community to continue insisting that Syria comply with its IAEA obligations and cooperate fully with the IAEA without delay.

In particular, it is imperative that Syria fully cooperate with the IAEA by granting the IAEA unfettered access to any site or information needed for the investigation.

PRN: 139