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Mattis warns Syria on chemical weapons

IANS  |  Washington 

US has warned against using chemical weapons, implying it would prompt consequences, as it did last year when ordered a strike on a Syrian air base, the media reported.

"I just want to reiterate it would be very unwise for them to use weaponised gas," quoted Mattis as saying on Sunday while en route to

"And I think Trump made that very clear early in his administration."

Mattis blamed for Syria's stockpile, which said it would help eliminate as part of an agreement in 2013, but which the US and international observers said used on civilians last year.

"was the framework guarantor that (Syrian Bashar al Assad) would get rid of all of it.

"Again, either is incompetent or in cahoots with Assad," he said.

Mattis also expressed scepticism at the much vaunted roll-out of supposedly new, Russian missiles, which Russian President has claimed are "invincible" and have unlimited range, reported.

"I get paid to make strategic assessments... And I would just tell you that I saw no change to the Russian capability and each of these systems (Putin) is taking about that are still years away," said the

Mattis said likewise that the announced Russian weapons did not change the "balance" or create a need for the US to change its posture.

"They did not impact any need on our side, for a change in our deterrent posture."



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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 11:20 IST