Syria chemical attack allegation 'credible': OPCW
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 14, 2017,
Apr 14, 2017, 22:52
Assad said of video footage showing children purportedly targeted in the chemical attack.
The United States and its allies say the Syrian military carried out the Idlib attack, something Syria has already denied.
"There was no order to make any attack, we don't have any chemical weapons, we gave up our arsenal a few years ago", he said.
He said Khan Sheikhun had no strategic value and was not a battle front.
"These have tested positive for the nerve agent Sarin, or a Sarin-like substance", the spokesperson said.
He added that videos showing children dying from the attack were "propaganda" created to prompt the retaliatory USA missile strike two days later.
Laying bare deep and unsafe divisions on Syria and other issues, President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that US relations with Russian Federation "may be at an all-time low". They did not know in advance that the attack was going to happen, the official added.
"If the USA special services choose to further keep secret their alleged evidence of crimes against humanity, there can only be one possible explanation for it - they simply have no irrefutable evidence", Maj. "China supports an independent and comprehensive investigation into reported chemical weapon use in Syria".
"Definitely, 100 percent for us, it's fabrication", Assad said in the video released by his office.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has begun an investigation into the alleged attack, but Russian Federation yesterday blocked a UN Security Council resolution demanding Syria cooperate with the probe.
Could Syria have launched the chemical weapons attack with Russia's advance knowledge?
The OPCW's Fact Finding Mission in Syria investigates alleged attacks, but does not apportion blame. "They are defending ISIS against the Syrian government and the Syrian army", he said.
"The strike was requested by the partnered forces, who had identified the target location as an Isis fighting position", the Pentagon said.
The intercepts were discovered when American officials reviewed material gathered hours after the gas bombing of Khan Sheikhoun.
A delegation from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) recently visited the Blue Grass Chemical Weapons Destruction Facility (CWDF) in Kentucky after receiving an invitation from USA officials.