September 19, 2013
Syrian President Bashar Assad said he is committed to the chemical
weapons agreement and vowed to hand over the country’s chemical arms to
be destroyed. He added that the plan will cost around $1 billion and
take about a year to complete.
Speaking to Fox News on Wednesday, Assad said that Syria is ready to
hand over its chemical weapons to any country willing to take them.
“I think it’s a very complicated operation, technically. And it needs a lot of money, about a billion [dollars],” he said. “So
it depends, you have to ask the experts what they mean by quickly. It
has a certain schedule. It needs a year, or maybe a little bit more.”
Assad insisted that government forces were not responsible for the
chemical attack outside Damascus on August 21. He added that the attack
was a violation of international law. ”This is despicable. It’s a crime.”