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Ex-spy poisoning: UN Chief says use of nerve agent 'unacceptable'

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UN Antonio has condemned the use of a in an attack in Britain on a former Russian and branded it as "unacceptable."

"The use of nerve agents as a weapon under any circumstances is unacceptable and its use by a state will constitute a serious violation of international law," China's state-run news agency reported, citing UN as saying in a press briefing.

"While the is not in a position to attribute responsibility, he strongly condemns the use of any or and hopes the incident will be thoroughly investigated," Haq told reporters.

The comments reportedly came before an emergency meeting of the called at Britain's request to discuss the attack that left ex-and his daughter in critical condition.

Retired Skripal, 66, and his daughter, Yulia, 33, were found slumped on a bench in Salisbury city centre on March 4.

British on Monday stated that it was "highly likely" was to blame for the attack.

In a strongly worded statement to the House of Commons, May said the "military grade" used in the attack had been identified as Novichok, a substance developed in the in the 1970s.

May on Wednesday expelled 23 Russian diplomats over

quoted May as saying, "23 Russian diplomats will be expelled. They have been identified as undeclared intelligence officers. It will be the largest expulsion for 30 years.

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First Published: Thu, March 15 2018. 04:45 IST
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