Assad: Syria to fulfil chemical weapons initiative if U.S. ends threats - agency

MOSCOW Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:54am EDT

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad heads the plenary meeting of the central committee of the ruling al-Baath party, in Damascus in this handout photograph distributed by Syria's national news agency SANA July 8, 2013. REUTERS/SANA/Handout via Reuters

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad heads the plenary meeting of the central committee of the ruling al-Baath party, in Damascus in this handout photograph distributed by Syria's national news agency SANA July 8, 2013.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Syria will fulfil an initiative to hand over its chemical weapons only when the United States stops threatening to strike Syria, RIA news agency quoted President Bashar al-Assad as saying in a television interview.

Assad also said that Damascus will begin handing over information on its chemical weapons stockpiles one month after it joins a anti-chemical weapons convention.

"When we see the United States really wants stability in our region and stops threatening, striving to attack, and also ceases arms deliveries to terrorists, then we will believe that the necessary processes can be finalized," he was quoted as saying in an interview with Russian state television.

(Reporting by Thomas Grove; editing by Andrew Roche)

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USinfidel wrote:
Good try Putin. Now your flunky wants to negotiate like the USA is the bad guy here. Good way to get bombed.

Sep 12, 2013 12:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Not so fast.  Now that the Syrian can of worms has been opened, perhaps it is time to consider just how America can be impacted, wounded, perhaps brought to its knees along with others, by the following:
If Assad has relied so heavily on stockpiling lethal chemicals, is there not a possibility he has done the same with easily hidden biological weapons that can be more easily distributed and used, especially worldwide, than chemicals warheads in missiles, artillery, and jet bombers. Bio-weapons can fit into a brief case, a singe test tube, all sorts of small and hard to detect containers, and delivered by people who don’t even know what they are carrying, just like some tourists who innocently and unknowing carry pounds of drugs internationally for drug lords.
If this scenario is probable, then no city, not London, New York, Paris, LA, Washington, DC, Moscow, Beijing, or any Persian Gulf city, are even remotely safe from lethal attacks that would make a natural pandemic seem like a common cold.
Those afraid of being massacred — Assad, his military, the Alawite minority — could easily see such a bio-attack that could be launched simultaneously around the world with no definite smoking gun obvious, at a day, hour, or minute’s notice. And there are no antidotes for those hit until much later when the scientists figure out what bio-agents were used — too late to save tens of millions in many locations around the planet. Too late. No wonder diplomacy is considered, by wise people, the only alternative to solving this problem/crisis.

Sep 12, 2013 1:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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