Syria says U.S. accusations were 'lies and baseless'

BEIRUT Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:14pm EDT

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad attends a news conference with Romania's President Traian Basescu (not pictured) at Cotroceni presidential palace in Bucharest in this November 10, 2010 file photograph. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel/Files

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad attends a news conference with Romania's President Traian Basescu (not pictured) at Cotroceni presidential palace in Bucharest in this November 10, 2010 file photograph.

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria said on Friday that accusations by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that it has used chemical weapons were "lies and baseless."

The Syrian foreign ministry said in a statement that Kerry's charges were a "desperate attempt" to justify a military strike against Syria.

(Reporting by Mariam Karouny; editing by Christopher Wilson)

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