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"

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Syria chemical weapons threat 'unacceptable'

Foreign Secretary William Hague said it was 'unacceptable to say they would use chemical weapons under any circumstances' Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Syria's threat to use chemical weapons against foreign intervention is "unacceptable", Foreign Secretary William Hague said.

Speaking to reporters at a European Union foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels, Hague said: "This is typical of the complete illusion of this regime, that they are the victims of external aggression.

"What is actually happening is their own people are rising up against a brutal police state ... and in any case it is unacceptable to say that they would use chemical weapons under any circumstances."

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