PARIS (AP) – France stated Wednesday that the chemical evaluation of samples taken from a lethal sarin fuel assault in Syria earlier this month “bears the signature” of President Bashar Assad’s authorities and exhibits it was accountable.
Overseas Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault stated France got here to this conclusion after evaluating samples from a 2013 sarin assault in Syria that matched the brand new ones. The findings got here in a six-web page report revealed Wednesday.
Russia, an in depth ally of Assad, promptly denounced the French report, saying the samples and the very fact the nerve agent was used will not be sufficient to show who was behind it. Assad has repeatedly denied that his forces used chemical weapons and claimed that myriad proof of a poison fuel assault is made up.
However Ayrault stated France is aware of “from positive sources” that “the manufacturing means of the sarin that was sampled is typical of the tactic developed in Syrian laboratories.”
“This technique bears the signature of the regime and that’s what permits us to determine its duty on this assault,” he added, saying that France is working to convey these behind the “legal” atrocities to worldwide justice.
France’s Overseas Ministry stated blood samples have been taken from a sufferer in Syria on the day of the April four assault within the opposition-held city of Khan Sheikhoun, which killed greater than eighty individuals.
Environmental samples, the French ministry stated, present the weapons have been made “in response to the identical manufacturing course of because the one used within the sarin assault perpetrated by the Syrian regime in Saraqeb” on April 29, 2013.
Ayrault stated French intelligence confirmed that solely Syrian authorities forces might have launched such an assault – by a bomber taking off from the Shayrat air base, which was later focused in a retaliatory U.S. missile strike.
France’s presidency stated the nation’s intelligence providers introduced proof displaying the Syrian authorities “nonetheless holds chemical warfare brokers, in violation of the commitments to get rid of them that it took in 2013.” It stated that info might be made public, with out providing particulars.
It is thought that Assad’s authorities nonetheless has a stockpile of tons of chemical weapons, regardless of saying it had handed over all of them.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov…