Evidence Of Sarin

April 27, 2013 by  

Evidence Of Sarin, Syria denies that it has used, or even possesses, chemical weapons, accusing the United States and Britain of lying in order to pressure the embattled Damascus government.

Syrian Information Minister Omran Al-Zoubi talked to Russia TV on Friday, dismissing a claim by U.S. officials a day earlier that they had evidence the chemical weapon sarin had been used in Syria on a small scale.

“Everything that the American minister and British government have said lack credibility,” Al-Zoubi said. “It’s baseless, and it’s a new tactic to put political and economic pressure on Syria.”

Al-Zoubi said the Syrian government is the one that called for an investigation of an incident in which it claimed chemical weapons were used by “terrorist groups.” The government routinely labels rebel fighters as terrorists.

Syria does not have chemical weapons and would not use them if it did, he said.

The Americans “want to manipulate the issue, to let whoever used the chemical weapons … get away (with it), and to repeat the Iraq example,” Al-Zoubi said.

After a meeting on Friday with Jordan’s King Abdullah, President Barack Obama reiterated U.S. “preliminary assessments” that “chemical weapons have been used on … populations in Syria.”

He didn’t backtrack from his earlier statements that it would be a “game changer” — as far as how the world deals with Syria — if it’s proven definitively that President Bashar al-Assad’s forces used chemical weapons on his own people.

Still, Obama didn’t specify what actions the United States might take if that determination is made. For now, he said, the United States is planning to continue its own “very vigorous investigation” and to work with its Middle Eastern allies and the United States.

“We to have act prudently,” the president said. “… But I think all of us, not just in the United States but around the world — recognize how we cannot stand by and permit the systematic use of weapons like chemical weapons on civilian populations.”

Israel, for one, is asking the United States to take the lead in crafting a response to the evidence of chemical weapons.

“I think the U.S., as the leader of the Western world, should lead the efforts with our partners in Europe and Israel and to take action with what we’re seeing happening today in Syria,” Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon said on Friday.

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