Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has appeared on American television promising to dispose of his chemical weapons arsenal but claimed it would take up to a year to complete.
He said the operation would be technically complicated and if the Americans wanted to do it they could.
“It needs a lot of money, it needs about one billion (US Dollars). It’s very detrimental to the environment. If the American administration is ready to pay the money, and to take responsibility of bringing toxic materials to the United States, why don’t they do it?” asked President Assad.
Meanwhile the United Nations defended its report confirming a gas attack in Syria saying its findings should not be questioned.
Russia has described the report as one-sided claiming parts were tainted by politics.
The comments were made as diplomats met again on a draft resolution to support the recently agreed US-Russian deal on dismantling Syria’s chemical arms.
While the diplomatic wrangling continues, rebel and government forces confront each other daily.
The damage of more than two-and-a-half years years of civil war has taken a huge toll on the country.