Syrian government denies possession of chemical weapons
The Syrian government said on Saturday (March 10) that there was no justification for any state to threaten or attack the country and denied the existence of chemical weapons
Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad told a news conference: “We absolutely deny the existence of any chemical weapons, including chlorine gas that is used to be a weapon.”
In the past two years, a joint U.N. and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inquiry found the Syrian government used the nerve agent sarin and used chlorine as a weapon on several occasions.
The Syrian army and government has consistently denied using chlorine or other chemical weapons during the war, now in its seventh year.
Only an impartial investigation in Syria by an international commission can determine if allegations about the use of chemical weapons are true, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday (March 6).