Syria: Chemical weapons statement 'taken out of context'

The Syrian Information Minister has claimed that the Foreign Ministry's statement that the country had chemical and biological weapons that would be deployed against foreign forces was "misconstrued and taken out of context."

The state SANA news agency reports Omran al-Zoubi saying that these "lies" were part of a US-Israeli plot and insisted that Damascus had been calling for all weapons of mass destruction in the region to be dismantled.

He said:

They interpreted this answer as a saying that Syria admits to possessing chemical weapons; these are their wishes and obsessions, but the meaning is in a whole other context.

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Syria retracts weapons threat

Syria has said an earlier foreign ministry statement that it would use chemical weapons against foreign forces was "misconstrued and taken out of context". Britain had earlier said the threat from Damascus is "unacceptable"