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Syria Says It Will Never Use Chemical Weapons Against Own People

December 03, 2012

The Syrian government says it would "never, under any circumstances" use chemical weapons against its own people.

The comment by a Foreign Ministry official came after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that the use of chemical weapons by President Bashar al-Assad's regime was a "red line" that would prompt action.

Clinton spoke during a visit to Prague.

Her warning followed a "New York Times" report that activity had been detected at chemical weapons stockpiles in Syria.

Experts believe Syria has the largest stockpile of chemical weapons in the Middle East.

Syrian government troops are fighting rebels opposed to Assad's regime.

More than 40,000 people are estimated to have been killed since the upsiring began 20 months ago.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP


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