The United States reacted cautiously to Syria's announcement that it had adopted an international treaty banning the use of chemical weapons.
, spokeswoman for the US mission
to the United
Nations, said Syria
's declared intention to join the Chemical
Weapons Convention was just a first step.
"This long overdue step does not address the pressing and
immediate need for a mechanism to identify, verify, secure and
ultimately destroy Assad's chemical weapons stockpile so they
can never again be used," Pelton said. "It also does not include
immediate consequences for non-compliance."
"The international community must insist on immediate
progress toward destruction of Syria
's CW (chemical weapons)
program and also make clear that there will be consequences for
any Syrian noncompliance," she said.
Pelton added that the United States
would "continue our
ongoing discussions with the Russians and key international
partners to urgently respond to the Assad regime's blatant
disregard for international norms."