(Israel National News) Western and Israeli security experts suspect Syria may have tons of unenriched uranium in storage and that any such stockpile could potentially be of interest to its ally Iran for use in Tehran’s nuclear program.

The experts told the Reuters news agency on Friday that natural uranium could have been acquired by Syria years ago to fuel a suspected nuclear reactor under construction that was allegedly bombed by Israel in 2007.

“Someplace there has got to be an inventory of fuel for the reactor. It doesn’t make sense to have a nuclear installation, a nuclear reactor, without any fuel,” proliferation expert Mark Hibbs of the Carnegie Endowment think tank told Reuters.

But, he added, “to my knowledge there hasn’t been any substantiated accounts identifying where that material may be located.”

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