US Warns Syria Could Be Growing New Varieties Of Chemical Weapons
US Warns Syria Could Be Growing New Varieties Of Chemical Weapons
Syria is making new chemical weapons despite 2013 deal: US
04 February, 2018, 01:43
The Syrian Foreign Ministry has responded to the United States' claims of chemical weapons use by the government forces in the clashes with militants in Eatern Ghouta.
The US officials claimed that Syrian armed forces have "evolved" their chemical weapons and occasionally used them in smaller amounts since 2017. "But we're not refuting them; we're looking for evidence of it". "What I am saying is that other groups on the ground - NGOs, fighters on the ground - have said that sarin has been used, so we are looking for evidence".
The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Saturday rejected the US claims about the Syrian government using chemical weapons in the war as "lies".
Mattis also said on Friday that the US government was concerned about the Syrian government's use of sarin gas, but acknowledged that he did not have evidence to prove that it was using the nerve agent.
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"We take the allegations of chemical weapons use very seriously and are working with our partners on the ground to investigate the reports", she said, calling on the global community "to hold the perpetrators of these attacks accountable, and will speak with a united voice in condemnation".
If the worldwide community does not act quickly to step up pressure on Assad, Syria's chemical weapons could spread beyond Syria and possibly even to the United States, one of the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
In June previous year, the fact finding team of Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), published the results of its probe of the April 4 incident confirming that the nerve gas sarin was used in Khan Shaykhun incident.
Syria also says that reports by Western-backed media outlets about Damascus using chemical weapons "is a new version of US and Western desperate intentions to create" an excuses to attack Syria. That strike followed a deadly chemical weapons attack by Assad's government. It was followed by missile strikes by USA military on a Syrian air base.
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