Tue 28 Dec 2010
Filed under: International
Vienna – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has asked to inspect alleged nuclear sites in Myanmar that were brought to light by a defector’s report earlier this year, a diplomat familiar with the probe confirmed Thursday in Vienna.
In an analysis of the defected army major’s statements, former United Nations weapons inspector Robert E Kelley concluded in May that the regime in Rangoon has been secretly pursuing nuclear technology to make weapons.
‘I think the evidence is there to warrant a search for information,’ the diplomat said, referring to the IAEA’s reason for sending a letter to Myanmar.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, he noted that the Vienna- based agency had requested information in the past, but had not previously asked for an inspection.
While Kelley concluded in his report that Myanmar was working on several of the steps necessary to make nuclear arms, he said the crude nature of the engineering involved would make it unlikely that the country succeeds.