US: 'Indications' of New Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

Monday, 21 Apr 2014 03:47 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

The United States said Monday that chemical attacks were likely launched in Syria this month, possibly by the regime, weeks before an announced presidential election set for June 3.

"We have indications of the use of a toxic industrial chemical, probably chlorine, in Syria this month, in the opposition-dominated village of Kafr Zita," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

"We are examining allegations that the government was responsible."

The revelation follows Sunday's announcement by French President Francois Hollande that his country had "information" but no proof that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime was still using chemical weapons.

There are conflicting accounts about one attack that happened in Kafr Zita in the central Hama province in April, with both the government and the opposition accusing each other.

The State Department also pointed to indications of a chemical attack.

"Obviously there needs to be an investigation of what's happened here. We're working with our partners to determine what the facts are on the ground," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

The fresh accusations come as the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and other experts work to remove the Assad regime's chemical stockpiles, following an agreement reached after deadly chemical attacks outside Damascus last August that the West blamed on Assad's regime.

The OPCW said last week that 65 percent of Syria's stated chemical weapons have been removed from the country.

The most dangerous are being transferred to a US Navy vessel specially fitted with equipment to destroy the chemicals at sea.

Meanwhile, Assad announced Monday that Syria will hold a June 3 presidential election despite a brutal civil war that has killed 150,000 people since March 2011.

The move is expected to return Assad to power but Washington slammed it as "a parody of democracy."

"He is making a mockery of his own pretentions to being a democratically elected leader," Carney said.

"A presidential referendum, which is what this would be, is a parody of democracy and would have no credibility or legitimacy within Syria or outside of Syria."

Psaki said the elections would ring especially hollow in the midst of such devastation.

"Staging elections under current conditions, including the effective disenfranchisement of millions of Syrians, neither addresses the aspirations of the Syrian people nor moves the country any closer to a negotiated political solution," she told reporters.

© AFP 2014

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

US Wasted $6.5 Million on Afghan Broadcast Towers

Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 08:11 AM

Six communications towers built in Afghanistan were never used and were a waste of more than $6.5 million in U.S. taxpay . . .

Cardinals' Dwyer Arrested in Domestic Violence Case

Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 07:24 AM

The Arizona Cardinals' Jonathan Dwyer has become the fourth National Football League player to be charged in connection  . . .

Did Joan Rivers Have Cancer When She Died?

Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 07:00 AM

The cardiac arrest leading to Joan Rivers’ death occurred when her personal physician began a biopsy after seeing a “sus . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved