In a new media offensive against Damascus, Washington has claimed that the Syrian government possesses and intends to use chemical weapons.
“We believe Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile remains under Syrian government control,” said White House spokesman Tommy Vietor in a press conference in Washington on July 21.
“Given the escalation of violence in Syria… we remain very concerned about these weapons,” the spokesman added.
Vietor also stated that the United States is “actively consulting” Syria’s neighbors about the security of those weapons.
The White House spokesman made the remarks after a Syrian military defector claimed Damascus “has started moving its chemical stockpile and redistributing it to prepare for its use.”
The new remarks by the US official are believed to be the first attempts at orchestrating an Iraq-like scenario against Syria.
The anti-Syria Western regimes have been calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.
On July 18, the New York Times reported that US officials have recently been in talks with Israelis “about whether Israel might move to destroy Syrian weapons facilities.”
The US daily also reported on June 21 that a group of CIA officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey and that the agents are helping the anti-Syria governments decide which gangs inside the Arab country will receive arms to fight the Syrian government.
President Assad told the German ARD television channel in an interview on July 5 that the United States is “part of the conflict” in the Arab country and that “they offer the umbrella and political support to those gangs to… destabilize Syria.”
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.
Chemical and Biological Weapons Are Secured and Would Only Be Used in the Case of External Aggression
Jul 23, 2012
DAMASCUS, (SANA)- Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Monday stressed Syria’s stance that any chemical or biological weapons will never ever be used during the crisis in Syria notwithstanding the developments inside the country.
A statement by the Ministry, read by spokesman Dr. Jihad Makdissi in a press conference, said that such weapons stocks are secured and directly monitored by the Syrian Armed Forces and would only be used in the case of external aggression on the country.
The Ministry made clear that it has followed with concern the proceedings of the political and media campaign directed against Syria, stressing that this campaign aims at justifying any possible military intervention on Syria under the false claim that Damascus is using weapons of mass destruction and preparing the international public opinion for such an intervention.
“The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry has previously declared the content and details of this stance to countries which expressed concern that unconventional weapons would reach a third part,” the statement added.
The Ministry, at the same time, warned of “another matter of concern” regarding the possibility of supplying the terrorist groups in Syria with arms from abroad in light of “the increasing bankruptcy”.
It said the aim of such possibility is “to hit the political system in Syria through using tactical bombs or mines containing biological substances that would explode somewhere in a village and then accusing the Syrian forces of doing that.”
The statement reiterated the Ministry’s stress that this systematic political and media campaign will not at all avail to help Syria overcome its crisis.
The Ministry admonished those countries claiming concern for Syria and the Syrians “to spare their efforts and negative media campaigns to persuading those who they back, host, fund and arm to abide by a political solution to the crisis” according to the plan of the international envoy Kofi Annan.