UN confirms chemical weapons attack in Syria
The highly anticipated UN inspectors report has confirmed what Western governments had suspected all along, that the nerve agent sarin was used in last month's chemical attack near Damascus.
"The report of the United Nations Mission to Investigate Allegations of the use of Chemical Weapons in Syria has concluded that chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale in the Ghouta area of Damascus on August 21st, causing numerous casualties, particularly among civilians."
The report added the weather conditions on that day ensured as many people as possible would be affected.
It says temperatures were falling between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m., which meant that air was falling down, allowing heavy gas to penetrate into lower levels of buildings where many were seeking shelter.
The report doesn't say who was responsible for the attack but Western governments refuse to believe it was anyone other than the Syrian government.
"We have always believed as you know that this was the work, the responsibility of the Assad regime. And everything we can see in this report is fully consistent with that."
"It's very important to note that the regime possesses sarin, and we have no evidence that the opposition possesses sarin."
Earlier on Monday, France, Britain, and the United States agreed to seek a "strong and robust" UN resolution by the end of the week,. that binds Syria to remove its chemical weapons under a set deadline.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told a news conference in Paris that the three powers agreed with Russia that President Assad will suffer consequences if he fails to comply with the UN demands.
Russia, which struck the deal with the U.S., cautioned against imposing tough penalties, adding such threats could wreck attempts for a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
Yoo Li-an, Arirang News.
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