Syria is making new chemical weapons despite 2013 deal

Marie Harrington
February 4, 2018

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis recently threatened Syria with a military action if hard evidence is found to back up the claims of another sarin attack in Syria.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said at the time the USA had "very high confidence" that the chemical agent used in that deadly attack was sarin nerve gas. United States administration had alleged that Assad regime had used the banned weapon.

Syria's Foreign Ministry has dismissed as "null and void" USA accusations that President Bashar Assad's government is producing and using "new kinds of weapons" to deliver deadly chemicals despite committing to abolish its program in 2013.

Amidst conflicting reports about presence of chemical weapons with Syrian government, senior U.S. officials have claimed President Donald Trump is prepared to launch military action, if necessary, against Damascus, which they claim is possibly developing new types of chemical weapons. "It will spread if we don't do something", the official warned.

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In April 2017, during the height of military action against Daesh (IS) more than 80 people reportedly died in sarin gas attack on Khan Shaykhun in Idlib Province.

In a statement to the Syrian state-run news agency SANA, the Syrian foreign ministry denied that it had used chemical weapons on its own people, and insisted that it had turned its chemical weapons stockpile over to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Raising the alarm about the continued threat, U.S. officials said it was "highly likely" that Assad kept a hidden stockpile of chemical weapons after 2013 that he failed to properly disclose.

The Syrian army and government have consistently denied using chlorine or other chemical weapons during the war and has said it cooperates with worldwide investigations.

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