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February 15, 2011 7:57 pm

Syria Says Will Go Nuclear by 2020

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Reuters – Syria is considering building its first nuclear power plant by 2020 to meet rapidly growing electricity demand, a document from the Arab state’s Atomic Energy Commission showed.

The paper posted on the website of the International Atomic Energy Agency did not say whether Syria, which is under IAEA investigation over suspected covert nuclear activity, may also contemplate making its own fuel for such a facility. Any bid by Syria to launch uranium enrichment, like its ally Iran, would likely further alarm the United States and its Western allies about Damascus’ atomic activities as such material can also be used to make bombs if refined much more.

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