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U.N. nuclear experts barred

August 10, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Syria said it would bar U.N. nuclear investigators from revisiting a site bombed by Israeli jets on suspicion it was a secretly built atomic reactor.

The move dealt a blow to International Atomic Energy Agency efforts to follow up on intelligence indicating that Syria was hiding a nuclear program that could be used to make weapons. Syria denies it has hidden nuclear facilities.

A Foreign Ministry official told reporters that Syria's agreement with the U.N. nuclear watchdog, which already inspected the site in June, allowed only one visit.

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