Syria will not use chemical weapons unless it faces 'external aggression'

Syria will not use chemical weapons in the current crisis unless it faces "external aggression", a foreign ministry spokesman has told Reuters.

The spokesman added that the weapons are guarded and monitored by the army.

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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"