Chemical attack '100 per cent fabrication': Assad
Assad also said Syria's military had given up all chemical weapons, AFP said on its Twitter account, quoting remarks in an interview with the Syrian president. Instead, the Kremlin has rather dubiously alleged that Syrian government warplanes may have accidentally hit a rebel cache of chemical weapons, causing the deaths. "We condemn any use of chemical weapons", said the Syrian top diplomat. The entire incident was "fabricated" and "unconvincing", Assad claimed.
The truth behind the gas attack must be discovered in order to prevent the unilateral actions, like the USA measure, in future, the Iranian minister underlined.
Syria's military had given up all its chemical weapons in 2013 after an agreement made at the time, and would not have used them anyway, AFP quoted Assad as saying in an interview. "We don't know whether those dead children were killed in Khan Sheikhoun, were they dead at all?" he said.
Asked whether the Russians had warned him about the impending strike, he replied, "No, they didn't warn us because they didn't have the time to warn, because the Americans called them maybe a few minutes before the launching, or some say after the launching, because it takes time to reach the base". "You have a lot of fake videos now", Assad said veering into conjecture.
In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday that OPCW inspectors should visit both the Syrian air base, which the us said served as a platform for the attack, and Khan Sheikhoun to get a full and objective picture.
A full transcript of President Assad's 23 minute interview with AFP TV can be found here, and a recording of the interview can be found here.
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Shocking footage showed victims - many of them children - convulsing and foaming at the mouth. Russian Federation said the gas was part of rebel stockpiles, which the rebels have denied.
CNN and other global media interviewed victims of the attack who described how many of their relatives were killed. He was pictured cradling their dead bodies.
She told the BBC during a visit to Sandhurst: "Russia is on the wrong side of this argument but we are willing to work with Russia to bring an end to the conflict in Syria, to bring about a political solution in Syria, but that political solution has to be without Assad". "No-one has any other information".
Mr Assad said Syria would only allow an "impartial" investigation into the poison gas incident.
Gen Sakat also said the regime had been not manufactured new nerve agents since 2014 as they already have a stockpile.
The World Health Organization said last week that some victims showed symptoms consistent with exposure to a category of chemicals that includes nerve agents. "It had kept itself fighting ISIL and supporting rebel groups on the ground", Challands said.
He said Russian Federation vetoed a draft United Nations resolution Wednesday because it failed to mention the need to inspect the area of the attack.
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