A report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office released in April 2009 found that the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Technical Cooperation Program, to which the United States contributes funds, had provided assistance for nuclear energy programs to Syria, Iran, North Korea and Cuba. This bill would withhold from the U.S. contribution to the IAEA an amount proportional to the assistance provided by the Technical Cooperation Program to these four countries from 2007-2008 unless it suspends assistance to any country the U.S. has designated as a state sponsor of terrorism.
Among the findings of the bill are statements by U.S. government officials asserting that the Syrian facility bombed by Israel in September 2007 was a nuclear reactor ‘weeks away from becoming operational’ that would have been capable of producing plutonium for nuclear weapons within one year. Also included in the findings are statements by IAEA officials indicating that the site bore features of a nuclear reactor and that the Syrian government was not cooperating fully with an IAEA investigation into the nature of the bombed facility and other Syrian facilities related to nuclear research.
See also: similar measures Amendment 182 to H.R. 2410 of 5/14/09, Amendment 67 to H.R. 3081 of 6/26/09; and related measures H.R. 557 of 1/15/09, H.R. 1206 of 2/26/09, H.R. 1920 of 4/2/09, H.R. 2290 of 5/6/09, H.R. 2376 of 5/12/09, and H.R. 3231 of 7/16/09.