DAMASCUS, Sept.19 (Xinhua) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stressed commitment to the chemical weapon treaty as part of a broader deal between Russia and the United States to dismantle Syria's chemical arsenal, media reported Thursday.
In an interview with Fox News, Assad reiterated abidance by the chemical weapon treaty, which his administration joined last week, in terms of its conditions that prohibit manufacturing, stockpiling and distributing chemical weapons.
He said according to the estimates he received, destroying the stockpiles would cost 1 billion U.S. dollars and would take roughly a year.
Also, he noted that Damascus' abidance by the treaty had nothing to do with the threats of the U.S. administration.
Damascus rejected Washington's accusation that the government troops gassed civilians with nerve agents during an attack on Aug. 21 near the capital Damascus; rather, it pointed the finger at the rebels and said it has evidence that could incriminate them.
On Wednesday, after talks with Syrian officials, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said he had received "additional evidence" from the Syrian government on the rebels' use of chemical gas near Damascus.
Moreover, Russian diplomats may present the new evidence at a UN Security Council meeting on Thursday.
TOKYO, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Japan on Tuesday condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria after a UN report confirmed that sarin gas has been used in an attack in August near the Syrian capital Damascus.
Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told a press conference here that Tokyo strongly condemns the use of chemical weapon in the Mideast country, saying it will closely watch developments at the United Nations and responses by the Syrian government on the U. S.-Russian agreement on Syria's chemical weapons.Full story
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Russia on Monday criticized some Western countries for jumping to conclusions in favor of the Syrian opposition, saying all facts and questions " need to be addressed seriously and professionally."
Vitaly Churkin, Russia's UN ambassador, made the remarks while speaking to reporters after the release of a UN report that confirmed the use of chemical weapons in Syria on Aug. 21. Britain, France and the United States claimed Monday that the latest UN findings supported their previous judgment that the Syrian government had used the chemical weapons in the conflict.Full story
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chemical weapons were used at Ghouta, Syria, on Aug. 21 "on a relatively large scale resulting in numerous casualties, particularly among civilians and including many children," a UN report said Monday.
In a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accompanying the report, Ake Sellstrom, the head of the mission that was responsible for investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in the suburbs of Damascus, the Syrian capital, said there was evidence rockets and the nerve gas sarin were employed.Full story
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- The highly anticipated UN report confirming the use of chemical weapons in Syria on Aug. 21 killing hundreds of people is only five pages long but has unleashed uncountable words of argument.
The report itself was never intended to point fingers, only to determine if chemical weapons were used. Now the debate is in high pitch, with each side citing aspects of the report that buttresses their argument. The divide is classically East-West.Full story