Damascus, April 14: Syrian President Bashar-al Assad on Thursday said that the Syria’s military had given up all its chemical weapons in 2013 not have used them anyway. He further described a poison gas attack blamed on his Government last week as "100 percent fabrication" used to justify a US air strike.
"Definitely, 100 percent for us, it's fabrication," Assad said in his first comments since a US missile strike on a Syrian air base in response to the chemical attack. "Our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand-in-glove with the terrorists."There was no order to make any chemical attack," Assad added.
President Assad noted, "We don't have any chemical weapons, we gave up our arsenal three years ago." "Even if we had them, we wouldn't use them and we have never used our chemical arsenal in our history." Assad said that his forces had not been diminished by the 59 US cruise missiles launched at a Syrian airbase in Homs in retaliation for what Trump called a "very barbaric" attack. "Our firepower, our ability to attack the terrorists, hasn't been affected by this strike," Assad said.
President Assad answered this in the context of the United States allegations over him of using chemical weapons and said that Assad was responsible for the last week's attack in the rebel-held town Khan Sheikhoun. Meanwhile, the US and Russia agreed to an international investigation into suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria.
Whereas, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin have also agreed to support an investigation by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPWC) into the chemical weapons attack.
Notably, a week before 58 people were killed and 60 others were injured in the chemical attack on the rebel-held Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun. However, it was not clear that chemical attack is either done by the Syrian government or Russian jets despite the ban. After this chemical attack, United States launched 50 to 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Shayrat Airfield where the warplanes that carried out the chemical attacks. In US action, 6 were killed.
Earlier, Iran and Russia already extended their full support to the Syrian government and stated US actions were wrong as it only violated Syrian sovereignty but failed to boost the morale of "terror groups" in Syria.