DAMASCUS- The Syrian Foreign Ministry said Damascus "would not use chemical weapons, if it had them, against its own people under any circumstances."
The statement was reported on Syrian state television and Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
Syria has repeatedly stressed that it will not use any chemical weapons, if they exist, against its people no matter the circumstances, an official source at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said on Monday, according to SANA.
"The Ministry denounces raising this issue directly or indirectly by the U.S. administration, whether with us since months or with the friends in Russia," the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry source said.
The Ministry source slammed the US for being the first country in history to use nuclear weapons in 1945 against the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, calling on it to stop fabricating such things.
It highlighted that these fabrications are aimed basically at misleading the U.S. and world public opinion and diverting attention away from the US involvement in the Syrian issue in terms of the financial, logistic and political support it provides the terrorist groups.
Earlier on Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad not to use chemical weapons and said that the United States was prepared to act if he ignored the warning.
“This is a red line for the United States,” Clinton said. “I am not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence that the Assad regime has resorted to using chemical weapons against their own people. But suffice it to say we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur.”
Press reports said that the statement was a swift response by the Syrian Foreign Ministry at US Secretary of State Clinton warning on Monday.
In turn, SANA added “this matter arouses suspicions about the intentions of the US, especially that the US has a record of fabricating such issues, not the last were its claims regarding the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and its use of those claims as a pretext to invade Iraq.”
An American task force has been deployed to Jordan to respond, if necessary, to a chemical weapons threat.
So far, US President Obama has been very cautious about intervening in Syria, declining to arm the opposition groups directly.