Assad says army 'gave up' all chemical weapons

Who committed the attack, IF there was an attack?. They recounted the horrific aftermath of a gas attack, saying the town of Khan Sheikhoun was struck by regime warplanes.

Assad said more U.S. attacks "could happen anytime, anywhere, not only in Syria".

Tillerson, visiting Moscow on Wednesday, addressed the issue of the chemical weapons attack but he stopped short of calling it a war crime.

Rycroft said "samples obtained from Khan Sheikhun" have "tested positive for the nerve agent sarin or a sarin-like substance". Experts have said that only the Syrian regime is likely to have the capability to produce Sarin, a volatile substance with a very short shelf life.

But Assad doubled down on his denials in the interview with AFP, conducted on Wednesday and published on Thursday.

He told Agence France-Presse this week that he wasn't even confident the dead children shown on video were "dead at all". Only footage of first five questions asked by the interviewer was provided to AFP.

You can read the full interview here.

"There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and ignored the urging of the U.N. Security Council", said Trump in his statement.

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United States military officials said they observed a drone flying over a hospital in Khan Sheikoun that was providing treatment for gas victims. He also ruled out having used chemicals against own people.

A barrage of USA missiles at a Damascus military airport had not diminished his government's ability to carry out strikes. Much as in 2013, the United States has used protecting the chemical weapons taboo as justification for possible military action. They said ISIS does not have chemical weapons.

The United States and its allies say the Syrian military carried out the attack, something Syria has already denied.

"Our firepower, our ability to attack the terrorists hasn't been affected by this strike".

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the veto left Moscow, a key ally of the Syrian government, with "a lot to prove".

Images of the aftermath, showing victims convulsing and foaming at the mouth, sent shockwaves around the world. Three of them died in the hospital. We don't know if they were dead or who committed the attack. The interview was recorded in Damascus by Syrian government cameras and released to other media outlets. He was pictured cradling their dead bodies. "The area is under the control of Al-Nusra Front which is a branch of Al Qaeda" Mr Assad said.

"There was no order to make any attack, we don't have any chemical weapons, we gave up our arsenal a few years ago", Assad said.

Hundreds of people suffered symptoms consistent with a nerve agent in the attack.

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