Russia and China against sanctions to Syria over its nuclear programme

10/06/2011 00:18 Electricity Market

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Syria’s international reputation suffered on Thursday after the United Nations nuclear watchdog voted to report the country to the Security Council, accusing Syria of a covert nuclear reactor construction and its unwillingness to cooperate with investigators.

But while the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency showed their strong concerns over Syria’s nuclear programme, Russia and China voted against pursuing Syria over its assumed secret nuclear regime. As Russia and China have veto rights in the Security Council, they could impede any further action initiated in New York. The 35-nation IAEA board voted in favor of referring Syria to the Security Council, blaming that Syria built a secret nuclear reactor at a site called Dair Alzour, based on uranium traces found there. Syria denies the harboring of a nuclear weapon at the Dair Alzour site. As the resolution already has support from France, UK, Germany and Portugal, the discussions at the UN will continue over the next few days.

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