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U.N. believes chemical weapons used in Syria

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 - 01:28

June 4 - U.N. investigators said they had ''reasonable grounds'' to believe that limited amounts of chemical weapons had been used in Syria. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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The fog of war in Syria. It's a country in the throws of relentless violence -- documented by amateur video which often can not be independently verified. Now Paulo Pinheiro who chairs the UN investigation on Syria says they suspect chemical weapons are in play. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PAULO PINHEIRO, CHAIRMAN OF INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON THE SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC, SAYING: "There are reasonable grounds to believe that limited quantities of toxic chemicals were used. It has not been possible on the evidence available to determine the precise chemical agents used, the delivery systems, or the perpetrators. Other incidents also remain under investigation." The allegations lend urgency to a new diplomatic push to end the war. France has said it suspects the nerve agent sarin has been deployed on several occasions. The White House says its still investigating the matter. Press Secretary Jay Carney. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY, SAYING: "We need to expand the evidence we have, we need to make it reviewable, we need to have it corroborated." A team of U.N. inspectors has so far been denied access to Syria and has been unable to establish whether chemical weapons have been used.

U.N. believes chemical weapons used in Syria

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 - 01:28

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