Syria has handed over the remaining 100 tonnes of toxic material it declared to the global chemical weapons watchdog, clearing the way for destruction of the stockpile at sea, sources told Reuters on Monday.
Barack Obama said that he has exchanged letters with Iran`s president Hassan Rouhani and hoped that Tehran will take a cue from the raging Syrian crisis that there is scope for resolving Iran`s nuclear programme diplomatically.
Barack Obama rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin`s claim that Syrian rebels were responsible for an August 21 chemical gas attack but, in an interview broadcast on Sunday, he welcomed Putin`s diplomatic role in the crisis.
As the US plans a military strike in Syria sighting the atrocities by the regime on its own people, beleaguered President Bashar al-Assad agreed to hand over the stockpile of chemical weapons to Russia.
A US Senate panel has released 13 videos showing the victims of the alleged chemical attack near Damascus Aug 21, although there was no independent verification of the videos` authenticity, a media report said Sunday.
US Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly on Wednesday reiterated that if no action against Syria is taken then Syrian President Basher al-Assad will misconstrue the silence and use chemical weapons with “impunity”.
A Hezbollah official has said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ordered a poison gas attack last month and that it considered the move a mistake which showed he was losing his grip, according to German intelligence.