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04 February 2018, 01:42 | Kara Nash
Syria is making new chemical weapons despite 2013 deal: US
However, another official said that the Trump administration hopes that stepped-up global sanctions and diplomatic pressure against Damascus will help rein in Syria's chemical weapons program.
The officials also say Syria may be making new kinds of weapons, either to improve their military capability or to escape global accountability.
"The Foreign Ministry decisively condemns U.S. groundless allegations against the Syrian leadership of chemical weapons use in Eastern Ghouta [in eastern suburbs of Damascus]", the statement read, as quoted by the Syrian state-run SANA news agency.
He was of the opinion that if global community does not act quickly to tighten the screws on Mr Assad, Syria's chemical weapons could spread beyond its borders and possibly even "to United States shores".
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The officials weren't authorized to discuss the assessment on the record and briefed reporters on condition of anonymity. They said information gathered from recent alleged attacks also suggested that Assad retained a "continued production capacity" - also banned under the 2013 deal. "They think they can get away with it if they keep it under a certain level", the official said.
Mattis said the Syrian government has weaponized and used chlorine gas in the Syrian civil war, and that the U.S.is "even more concerned about the possibility of sarin use". "Clearly we are dealing with the Assad regime that has used denial and deceit to hide their outlaw actions", he remarked. "The OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and Resolution) Fact-Finding Mission has confirmed multiple incidents of chemical weapons use in Syria, including the use of the toxic industrial chemical chlorine as a weapon", reads the.
Syria also says that reports by Western-backed media outlets about Damascus using chemical weapons "is a new version of USA and Western desperate intentions to create" an excuses to attack Syria.
However, Russia described the OPCW report as "very biased" arguing the report failed to address the question of who was responsible for the use of the chemical substance.
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