UN experts begin destroying Syria's chemical weapons
A team of international experts has started to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal and related equipment.
No further details have been released, but Syria's stockpile is estimated to include more than 1-thousand tons of sarin as well as other deadly agents stored in dozens of different locations.
The dismantling work comes after the U.S. and Russia brokered a deal to see Damascus hand over its chemical arms stockpile by mid-2014.
Speaking with Germany's Der Spiegal magazine, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he hoped Berlin would mediate international talks in Geneva next month that will seek a diplomatic solution to the 30-month long civil war in Syria.
The Syrian leader said, however, he will not negotiate with the rebels unless they give up their weapons.
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