Foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying (Source: fmprc.gov.cn)
BEIJING, April 7 (Xinhua) -- China condemned the chemical attacks carried out in Syria recently and supports the United Nations in launching an independent investigation, a foreign ministry spokesperson said Friday.
Hua Chunying said China always opposes the use of chemical weapons by any country, organization or person for whatever purposes, and China's position will remain consistent.
China condemned the chemical attacks in Syria on Tuesday, which killed more than 70 people and wounded scores of others, most of whom were civilians in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib.
The United States accused the Syrian army of being behind the toxic attack targeting the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province, an allegation denied by Damascus.
In response to the chemical attacks, the United States on Friday struck the Syrian air base in Homs with 59 Tomahawk missiles.
Hua said China supports the United Nations in launching an independent and comprehensive investigation on the issues in order to come to a conclusion that stands the test of history and reality.
China called on all sides to prevent the deterioration of the situation in order to ensure the political solution in the Syria crisis, the spokesperson said.