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Netanyahu cannot confirm report of Syrian chemical arms use: Kerry
April 23, 2013 / 3:56 PM / 4 years ago

Netanyahu cannot confirm report of Syrian chemical arms use: Kerry

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could not confirm comments by the Israeli military’s top intelligence analyst that Syrian government forces had used chemical weapons, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holds a news conference after a Foreign Affairs Ministers meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels April 23, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman

“I talked to Prime Minister Netanyahu this morning. I think it is fair for me to say that he was not in a position to confirm that in the conversation that I had,” Kerry told a news conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels. “I don’t know yet what the facts are.”

Kerry had been asked about comments by Brigadier-General Itai Brun, an Israeli intelligence analyst, at a Tel Aviv security conference that Syrian forces had used chemical weapons, probably nerve gas, in their fight against rebels.

Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by Justyna Pawlak

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