dglobalnews.com Global chemical weapons experts in Turkey to investigate Assad's attack
Published: Fri, April 14, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Global chemical weapons experts in Turkey to investigate Assad's attack


The interview was recorded in Damascus by Syrian government cameras and released to other media outlets.

"The United States is not serious in achieving any political solution".

World leaders had called for an global probe into the attack in Khan Sheikhoun last week, which prompted a retaliatory United States missile strike on a Syrian airbase.

British scientists have said a toxic gas known as sarin was used in the attack on a rebel-held town, she said.

Medical examiners in Turkey, where numerous Khan Sheikhoun victims were taken, have said that autopsies showed they had been attacked with sarin, a lethal nerve agent and a banned chemical weapon that Syria had claimed to have eradicated.

"Apart from anything else, we believe it's the only regime that has the capability to make such an attack", she added. They said ISIS does not have chemical weapons.

Assad said no proper investigation had been possible because the area was controlled by Nusra Front. United Nations weapons inspectors returned "overwhelming and indisputable" evidence of the use of nerve gas, although their mandate did not include assigning blame for the attack.

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Lavrov says Russian Federation has lots of questions about the "very ambiguous" and "contradictory" ideas coming from the U.S. Mr Assad and his main worldwide backer, Russia's president Vladimir Putin, deny that Damascus was behind the massacre.

It was the deadliest such incident since a sarin gas attack killed hundreds of people in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus in 2013, prompting threats of USA military action.

It was the first direct USA military action against Assad's forces since the start of Syria's civil war six years ago and led to a quick downward spiral in ties between Washington and Moscow.

The stockpile was destroyed in an operation overseen by the Nobel Peace Prize winning-group OPCW, but ever since there have been questions about whether Assad had declared all his weapons.

Syria "continues to possess and use chemical weapons". Russian Federation is a steadfast backer of the Syrian government amid that country's bloody 6-year civil war.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the "level of trust" had "not improved but has rather deteriorated" between the two countries.

But the UK Ministry of Defence and Turkish authorities say they have carried out tests on samples which provide evidence that Sarin or a similar substance was used. The organization has not revealed any details, citing the need to preserve the integrity of the probe and the safety of OPCW staff. US intelligence officials told CNN they have intercepted communications of Syrian military experts planning the attack days prior.

His remarks came as the Security Council discussed a resolution to demand that Assad allows a full investigation into the atrocity which killed 84 people including at least 20 children.

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