US accuses Syria of stalling on chemical disarmament
The US has accused Syria of deliberately delaying delivery of its chemical weapons out of the country, warning of dire consequences under Chapter 7 of the UN charter. Despite security concerns Syria was urged to speed up its shipments of toxic materials.
“We now know that the Assad regime is not moving as rapidly as it promised to move the chemical weapons out of Syria,” US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in Berlin.
Kerry reiterated that the Syrian government has a “global legal international obligation” to get rid of its chemical weapons arsenal by July 2014, and that breaking that schedule is a “serious issue” and may be considered an act non-compliance.
“I would remind Bashar Assad that the agreement that we reached in New York with the Security Council makes it clear that if there are issues of non-compliance…
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