The US directly accused Syria that it is not completely abandoned the development of chemical weapons
WASHINGTON, June 30. /TASS/. Syria has not completely eliminated its program of building chemical weapons. This statement is contained in a written statement, which was circulated on Thursday the press-service of the Department of state in connection with the appearance of the report of the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW) confirming the use of sarin in the Syrian city of Khan shaykhun in early April.
“The facts reflect <…> “track record” of use of chemical weapons by the regime of [President Bashar] Assad. Syria is still not fulfilling its legal obligations under the Convention on the prohibition of the development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons and on their destruction, as well as in the framework of resolution 2118 of the UN Security Council because of the continued use of chemical weapons and failing to destroy entirely its programme [the establishment of] chemical weapons,” — said the foreign Ministry of the USA.
According to his testimony, the report will now be referred to a Joint UN and OPCW to investigate (CMP) himatic, “to determine who was responsible” for what happened in Khan Sheyhun. Mission to establish the facts of use of chemical weapons in Syria (MOFS) who prepared the aforesaid report of the OPCW, relied in his work on the large amount of information, “including the results of the analysis of biomedical samples taken from victims as well as detailed interviews with witnesses,” said the state Department. He confirmed that “the United States strongly supports the efforts of the CMP and MUFS”. These efforts are “impartial and professional”, says the American side.
In turn, the chief a press-services of the Department of state Heather Nauert at a regular briefing for journalists on Thursday also said that the Syrian President supposedly eliminated entire Arsenal of chemical weapons in the possession of Damascus. The destruction of these chemical warfare agents were under the control of the OPCW in accordance with the Russian-American agreements 2013. “Did Assad renounced chemical weapons in 2013?” — asked Neuert one of the reporters. “No,” she replied.
Chemical weapons and terrorists
In addition, as confirmed Neuert, the us administration is not worried that the chemical weapons in Syria now using extremists, taking advantage of the recent warning of Washington to Damascus. On a direct question about whether the administration of Donald trump, the threats by Washington against Damascus will use with the purpose of the use of chemical weapons, terrorists operating in Syria and has access to toxic substances that have already been documented, Neuert answered in the negative and categorically refused to comment on this topic further.
In a statement released Monday on behalf of the press Secretary of the White house Sean Spicer, the statement said that if Washington sees signs of a potential training of the authorities in Damascus to a new use of chemical weapons. The document stressed that Assad and his army “will pay a high price” if they commit “another mass murder” with use of weapons of mass destruction.
The incident in Khan Sheyhun
The incident in town of Khan Shaykhun, located in Syria’s Idlib province, took place on 4 April. According to the Ministry of defense of Russia, the Syrian air force then bombed the militants of the shop, where they produced toxic chemicals. Meanwhile, Washington is accused of committing this chemical attack Damascus, and then on the night of April 7, the U.S. Navy launched a missile attack on a Syrian military airfield in HOMS province. In the US version, it is with this object flew Syrian aircraft that dropped bombs with sarin.