By Al Jazeera and agencies
25/04/08 "al Jazeera" -- - The head of the UN nuclear monitoring agency has criticised the US for withholding intelligence information that it says showed the construction of a nuclear reactor in Syria.
Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), on Friday also hit out at Israel for bombing the site before inspectors could investigate.
The watchdog was critical of both the US and Israel for their handling of the matter.
"In light of the above, the director-general views the unilateral military action by Israel as undermining the due process of verification that is at the heart of the non-proliferation regime," it added.
The agency said it was taking seriously the allegations that were passed on by the United States on Thursday and will investigate the findings.
"[We] will treat this information with the seriousness it deserves and will investigate the veracity of the information," it said.
"Syria has an obligation under its safeguards agreement with the IAEA to report the planning and construction of any nuclear facility."