VIENNA — U.N. nuclear inspectors Monday examined a site in Syria that the United States says housed a secretly built nuclear reactor nearing completion when it was bombed by Israel nine months ago, a diplomat said.
Syria denies that it has a covert nuclear weapons program and says the Israelis hit an ordinary military structure being built at Al Kibar, in the northeastern desert.
Neither Syria nor the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency has issued any information about the visit of the inspectors since their arrival Sunday in Damascus, the Syrian capital.
A senior diplomat in Europe familiar with the IAEA said the inspectors had reached the site and examined it.
The source gave no further details, but diplomats said earlier they were expecting to spend the day at Al Kibar.
The team led by Olli Heinonen, head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog's global inspectorate, was also due to hold talks with Syrian officials before returning to Vienna on Wednesday.