Obama hails Syria chemical arms destruction, vows vigilance
Published on Aug 19, 2014 7:07 AM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama hailed the completion on Monday, Aug 18, 2014, of the destruction of Syria's chemical weapon stockpile, but said Washington would seek to ensure that Damascus fulfils all its commitments.
"Today we mark an important achievement in our ongoing effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction by eliminating Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile," Mr Obama said in a statement.
He said the destruction, carried out aboard a US Navy ship on the Mediterranean Sea, sent "a clear message that the use of these abhorrent weapons has consequences and will not be tolerated by the international community".
After a global outcry over deadly chemical attacks in a Damascus suburb last year that may have killed as many as 1,400 people, President Bashar al-Assad's regime agreed to an international plan to destroy its stockpile.
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