DAMASCUS, Syria – The United Nations on Thursday said a translation error was responsible for the words "nuclear facility" winding up on a document that purported to show Syria inadvertently admitting it had such a facility and that it was targeted by an Israeli air strike.
The document, released by the General Assembly's Department of Public Information, recounted Tuesday's proceedings at the annual gathering of the U.N.'s Disarmament and International Security Committee.
In the original translation, Syrian representative Bassam Darwish was quoted as saying “Israel was the fourth-largest exporter of weapons of mass destruction and a violator of other nations' airspace, and it had taken action against nuclear facilities, including the 6 July attack in Syria."
The date had also caused some confusion among diplomats, as both Israel and Syria say the attack actually occurred on September 6th.
Syria had already disowned the remarks, adding "such facilities do not exist in Syria."
Earlier this month, Syrian President Bashar Assad called the target an "unused military building."
FOX News' James Rosen and the Associated Press contributed to this report.