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U.S., Europeans Blocked Anew at UN Over Syrian Nuclear Plant

The U.S. and its European allies at the United Nations are facing the same opposition to punishing Syria’s secret construction of a nuclear facility that has blocked their efforts to condemn government repression of protesters.

The Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency voted on June 9 to report Syria’s violation of non-proliferation accords to the UN Security Council. Neville Whiting, the IAEA’s director of nuclear safeguards for the Middle East, is scheduled to brief the council tomorrow on Syria’s failure to report the facility and refusal to cooperate with an investigation by the Vienna-based nuclear agency.