US State Department has "very real concerns" about Syria's nuke program

Washington, June 9: The US State Department has said that the international community has "very real concerns" about Syria's nuclear program, amid efforts by the US and its allies to formally report to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) about Syria's failure to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The move to raise concerns over Syria's nuclear program coincides with a campaign by Britain, France, Germany and Portugal to condemn the country in front of the U.N. over its crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

Fox News quoted State Department spokesman Mark Toner as saying that the nuclear threat and the crackdown shows the ability of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime's "to snub the rest of the world."

"We've got two problems with Syria on two fronts," Toner added.

He also said that although Iran has remained in focus over its nuclear developments, Syria has done "very little, if nothing at all" to address global concerns about its program.

A draft resolution would find Syria in "non-compliance with its obligations" with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) requirements, giving inspectors access to all nuclear facilities in order to ensure that they are not being used for military purposes.

The draft criticises Syria's lack of cooperation with "repeated requests for access" by the U.N. nuclear agency to information about a facility at Dair Alzour that was considered as a nuclear reactor that was capable of producing plutonium, which is used to arm nuclear weapons. The site was destroyed in 2007.

The draft was circulated on Wednesday to the 35 ministers, who serve on the IAEA's board of governors, to get majority approval from the board before sending it to the Security Council.

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