Belgrade: Worried over Syrian threat of using chemical weapons if attacked, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday said that it would be "reprehensible" for the conflict-ridden nation to do so.
Speaking to the reporters during his Serbia visit, Ban said, "It would be reprehensible if anyone in Syria would use weapons of mass destruction like chemical weapons."
Syria on Monday said that it was in possession of a cache of chemical weapons which could be used in face of any “external aggression”.
However Syria clarified that they would never use the weapon against civilians or the rebels.
Recently, there has been widespread concerns over fears of Syria's chemical weapons falling into extremists’ hands, in particular insurgents fighting the government, or be used by government troops to defend the regime.
Jordan’s King and Israel, both voiced concerns of Syrian chemical weapon falling into wrong hands.
As the pressure on Syria’s Assad intensifies, following rebels’ growing stronghold over the main cities, activists say, they fear Assad could resort to using the weapons of mass destruction to bounce back to a stronger position.
Concerned over Syria’s latest threat, Ban Ki-moon has said that two top UN officials will leave for Syria to take a closer look at the situation there.
The 17-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad is in its fiercest form now, with 17, 000 people having been reportedly killed so far.
With Agency Inputs
First Published: Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 00:51