Iranian envoy in effect confirms that the Syrian Al-Kiber military facility attacked by Israel in September 2007 was a nuclear site.
DECEMBER 4, 2008 – As reported today by the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), the Iranian envoy to the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Ali Asghar Soltanieh “condemned the shameful silence of Israel’s Western allies about the nuclear exclusivity of the Jewish state. Soltanieh called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to suspend Israel’s membership for its failure to join the [Non-Proliferation Treaty] NPT and its air strikes against nuclear facilities in Arab countries. He recalled the Israeli attacks against the Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981 and the Syrian Al-Kiber military facility in September, 2007.”
The news agency states:
The Arab members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) are struggling to shift the focus of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from the Syrian nuclear program to the Israeli one, diplomats here said on Thursday.
The Arab move, backed by NAM, aims to counter the pressures being applied by the western countries on the board of governors of the U.N. nuclear watchdog to turn the alleged Syrian nuclear activities into a permanent agenda item.
The delegates of the Arab countries to the IAEA board meeting which came to a close on Friday wondered how Israel could raise hell at the Syrian and Iranian nuclear programs while it refuses to join the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and puts in jeopardy the entire safeguard system of the nuclear watchdog.
On Monday, the IAEA adopted the initiative of Arab League member states to put the Israeli’s nuclear activities under scrutiny which irked Israel.
In its report on the probe into the nature of Al-Kiber facility issued in late November, the IAEA did not exclude the possibility that the facility was a non-nuclear one.
(Photo: Satellite image by U.S. Intelligence)
Ed. Note: It must be pointed out again, that on June 20, 2008 jewishinfonews reported that Tehran had offered to share its nuclear experience with Syria. The offer came from Iran’s ambassador to Syria, Sayyed Ahmed Moussavi. He cited July 2008 as the date for their officials to meet. Iran’s offer to Syria therefore defies its obligations under the non-proliferation treaty by offering a nuclear capability to Syria.