Assad regime has chemical weapons, possibly in mountains: former VP to Al Arabiya

Khaddam told Al Arabiya that there is a department in the army that handles “chemical war” and “the production of weapons.” (AFP)

Abdel Halim Khaddam, Syria’s former vice president, said that the regime of President Bashar al-Assad was storing a huge supply of chemical weapons following attempts to make nuclear bombs in the 1970s.

“It is difficult to know the location of these weapons, especially to those who are outside the [Assad] circle,” Khaddam told Al Arabiya in a telephone interview on Wednesday.

However, he added that the arms may be in mountainous regions of the country.

The former VP said that nothing connects the Syrian president to the country’s people, and that Assad feels no sense of responsibility towards his countrymen.

Khaddam told Al Arabiya that there is a department in the army that handles “chemical war” and “the production of weapons.”

He also said that there are specific research centers that work on the chemical weapons.

“Nothing prevents Bashar al-Assad from using chemical weapons, because he has failed in beating the uprising,” Khadam said. “That is why [Assad] is using Weapons of Mass Destruction, like cluster bombs and long-range missiles.”

The former VP also said that is the international community responsibility that the Assad regime still exists.
 

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