Syria has acknowledged for the first time that it had chemical and biological weapons, saying they could be used if the country faced foreign intervention.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said the army would not use chemical weapons to crush rebels but they could be used against forces from outside the country:
Any chemical or bacterial weapons will never be used ... during the crisis in Syria regardless of the developments.
These weapons are stored and secured by Syrian military forces and under its direct supervision and will never be used unless Syria faces external aggression.
Syria acknowledged that it had chemical and biological weapons and said it could use them if foreign countries intervened.
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