'Prove it', US tells Syria leader Assad on chemical arms vow
GENEVA (AFP) - President Bashar al-Assad confirmed for the first time that Syria plans to give up its chemical weapons as the United States urged him and his Russian allies to quickly make good on his promise.
But the long-time Syrian leader cast fresh doubt on Thursday on how committed he is to a hastily-hatched plan to secure Syria's poison gas stocks by demanding that Washington first drop its threat of military action against his regime.
"When we see that the United States truly desires stability in our region and stops threatening and seeking to invade, as well as stops arms supplies to terrorists, then we can believe that we can follow through with the necessary processes," Mr Assad told Russian television.
"Syria is handing over chemical weapons under international control because of Russia," he said. "US threats have not affected the decision."