February 28, 2018 / 10:21 AM / 7 months ago

U.S. says Russia violating duty to rein in Syria's use of chemical weapons

GENEVA, Feb 28 (Reuters) - A senior U.S. disarmament official said on Wednesday that Russia has violated its commitments as guarantor of the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile and preventing the Assad government from using them.

Robert Wood, U.S. disarmament ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament, told reporters in Geneva shortly before Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov addressed the forum: “Russia is is on the wrong side of history with regard to chemical weapons use in Syria.”

Wood, asked about a reported nexus of cooperation between North Korea and Syria, replied: “Clearly there has been a history of a relationship between North Korea and Syria with regard to missile activity, chemical weapons components.” (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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