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Syria vows not to use chemical weapons on its own people

  • Syria has pledged it will not use chemical weapons against its own people, but would consider doing so against an external attack.

    Acknowledging their existence for the first time, Damascus said the weapons were stored and secured by the armed forces but would never be used "inside Syria".

    "Any chemical or biological weapons will never be used, I repeat, will never be used in the Syrian crisis, no matter what the internal developments in this crisis are," foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said during a news conference broadcast on Syrian state TV.

    "All varieties of these weapons are stored and secured by the Syrian armed forces and under its direct supervision, and will not be used unless Syria is subjected to external aggression."

    Syria has never officially confirmed it has chemical weapons.

    It is not a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention, which bans production.