"We do not see Syria having nuclear fuel," he said in an interview aired by the Dubai-based television station on Tuesday.

Installation bombed

The chief of the UN nuclear watchdog said the IAEA only had pictures of a site in Syria bombed by Israel last year which resembled a nuclear facility in North Korea.

The IAEA added Syria to its proliferation watch list in April after receiving US intelligence material, including photographs suggesting the construction of a nuclear reactor with North Korean help.

An Israeli air strike destroyed the facility in September.

Syria, an ally of Iran, denies any covert nuclear activity saying the site Israel bombed was a military facility under construction.

El Baradei has said previously that Syria had agreed to a June 22-24 inspection visit to examine the allegations and has called on Syria to co-operate fully with IAEA inspectors.