“We now possess deterrent weapons that are more important and more sophisticated
than chemical weapons,” Syrian President Bashar Assad told visitors to his
palace in Damascus on Thursday.
He emphasized that he had no need for
According to the report, which was carried by
Hezbollah’s paper Al-Akhbar, Assad said this was because the situation in Syria
“has never been better,” as “we created chemical weapons in the ’80s as a
deterrent against Israel’s nuclear arsenal. Today, it is no longer a weapon of
We have weapons that are more important and more
sophisticated to challenge Israel, which we can blind in an instant.”
Syria there are thousands of tons of chemical weapons that have become a burden
to us since their destruction costs a great deal of money and could take years
They also create environmental challenges and others that
would need solving. So they [UN inspectors] should just come and take them,”
“[Getting rid of] the chemical weapons is not the goal of the
United States and their allies, and they never have been,” he said. “They wanted
to change the balance of power and to protect Israel.
“We turned the
tables and sent to the ball into their court. This move embarrassed them
in front of the American public, in Europe and even in front of the US
government,” he said.
Assad praised the “unprecedented collaboration with
Russia,” and added that “we have an agreement with Russia that they will
intervene, in a big way, if Syria is attacked.”
Earlier, during an
interview that was broadcast on Venezuelan television, Assad said he would not
rule out the possibility of an American attack despite the fact that he had
agreed to the supervision of his chemical weapons
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