Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Boris Johnson to make statement on crises in North Korea and Syria

Boris Johnson to make statement on crises in North Korea and Syria

Syria still has up to three tons of chemical weapons, Israeli defense officials said Wednesday in the first specific intelligence assessment of President Bashar Assad's weapons capabilities since a deadly chemical attack earlier this month.

Syria agreed to give up its chemical weapons arsenal in 2013.

In an address to British MPs on Tuesday, Johnson said the UK government has not taken any decision yet but would find it "very difficult" to reject a request from the United States regarding attacks on Syria.

The estimate came as the head of the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog said laboratory tests had provided "incontrovertible" evidence that victims and survivors of the April 4 attack in northern Syria were exposed to sarin nerve gas or a similar banned toxin.

The Foreign Secretary has previously said there will be "no impunity" for the people responsible for the chemical weapons attack.

Mr Johnson said that both the Syrian and North Korean governments "threaten the law-based worldwide order", just hours after Damascus listed Kim Jong-un among the world leaders congratulating Assad on independence day.

Israel has largely stayed out of the civil war raging in its northern neighbor.

The Foreign Secretary said there was "only one conclusion, that the Assad regime nearly certainly gassed its own people in breach of global law and the rules of war", showing disregard for an agreement to destroy its stockpiles in 2013.

Johnson called on Russian Federation to end its "blind support" for Assad and help towards a political solution to the six-year Syrian civil war. But doubts began to emerge soon afterward that not all such armaments or production facilities were declared and destroyed. But it has carried out a number air strikes against suspected arms shipments bound for Assad's ally Hezbollah in Lebanon, and in retaliation to errant fire into the Golan Heights.

Both the Syrian and Russian governments have denied that Assad's government uses or possess banned chemical weapons, but analysis by doctors treating victims has found evidence of nerve agents.

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