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Bashar Assad Tells AFP That Chemical Attack Was Western 'Fabrication'

Map: The military airfield hit by US missiles in a deeply divided Syria

Assad however said an alleged poison gas attack blamed on his government last week in Idlib province was "100 percent fabrication" and was used to justify a USA air strike later that week.

When the interviewer proposed that the retaliatory missile strike marked a drastic change in Trump's position on Syria, Assad insisted the USA and Syria could still be partners in fighting terrorism, once Trump wrested control of Washington away from the military-industrial complex.

Asked by AFP TV who was responsible for the claimed attack, he said: "It's not clear whether it happened or not, because how can you verify a video?"

Chemical weapons experts have also dismissed a Russian version of events that a Syrian airstrikle hit a terrorist group's weapons depot on the ground, causing a release of deadly gas.

The attack prompted the United States to strike a Syrian air base with cruise missiles and worsened relations between the United States and Russian Federation. "No signs of trauma are visible on their corpses, which is consistent with chemical poisoning", the Amnesty report stated. Been found to be positive for sarin neurotoxic agent or a substance that looks like sarin, "said the delegation during a special meeting in The Hague of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons".

"We don't have any chemical weapons - we gave up our arsenal three years ago", he said. Assad's government told the organization it had a 1,300-ton stockpile of chemical weapons and chemicals used to make them.

Assad also accused the United States of defending ISIS.

But any such expectations have crashed into reality amid the nasty back-and-forth over Syria and ongoing USA investigations into Russia's alleged interference in America's US presidential election.

"Definitely, 100 percent for us, it's fabrication", he said in the interview on Wednesday in reference to the alleged chemical weapons attack.

M - Kazakhstan abstained from vote on a United Nations resolution on Syria condemning last week's chemical weapons attack. The administration said this week it has high confidence that at least one munition containing sarin was dropped from a Syrian air force Sukhoi Su-22 warplane.

The use of sarin gas by the Assad regime in an attack on its civilian population represents a grave moral failing and departure from worldwide law.

The Assad regime offered another alternative, stating the chemical assault was the work of terrorist groups.

Trump said last week that ordered the strikes in response to Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons attack on citizens, leaving nearly 90 people dead on April 4, the Associated Press reported.

President Trump, who has called Assad an "animal" because of the chemical weapons attack, ordered a missile strike on the Shayrat air base in Syria after viewing videos and photographs of the children killed in Khan Sheikhoun.