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Dy FM: Syria does not let irresponsive armed groups to use chemical

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Dec 7, IRNA -- Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Countries Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said here Friday Syrian Government does not allow irresponsive armed groups which are backed by foreigners to probably use chemical weapons.

Rejecting claims on use of chemical weapons by Syrian government, he said those responsible for the killing of the Syrian innocent people talk of the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria, which suggests that they harbor vicious objectives.

On December 3, the US President Barack Obama claimed that Syria intends to use chemical weapons against the militants and warned against the consequences of such a move.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen also warned on Tuesday that any use of chemical weapons by Syria's government against gunmen would prompt an immediate military response.

Amir-Abdollahian also dismissed reports that Syria might have plans to use chemical weapons during the ongoing turmoil in the country, saying that certain countries bring up such allegations to achieve their vicious objectives.

He reiterated that Syria will neither use chemical weapons nor allow foreign-backed irresponsive militants to possibly use such weapons.

'Certain parties send weapons into Syria and allege Syria that it might use chemical weapons in a bid to pursue specific objectives, the foreign ministry official added.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.

Condemning some terrorists' actions in Syria which have led to the killing and injuring of Syrian resistant and awakened people, officials and even opposition members, Amir-Abdollahian said that some people are considering themselves above the United Nations and its especial mediator's plan in Syrian affairs and do their utmost to hastily impose their own will against the others.

He also harshly criticized those who use deadly chemical gas to crack down the Bahraini people and those who are keeping silence over the people's suppression, saying that the Bahraini and the Syrian issues must both be settled through diplomatic ways.

Amir-Abdollahian at the end warned that foreign interference would further endanger the security in those countries and that the Middle East regional affairs could jeopardize the entire regional, and even the international security.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80445478

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