Syrian President Bashar Assad sat down for an interview in Damascus on Wednesday with Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich and Fox News’ Greg Palkot. When asked by Kucinich whether or not he had chemical weapons, he responded “it’s not a secret anymore” and said his government will follow the agreement reached between the U.S. and Russia to turn over his chemical weapons.
He made clear that destroying the stockpiles would take some time— “maybe a year”—and that the cost would be tremendous. He also pointed out the environmental burden of destroying his stockpile.
Assad then denied that his regime was behind a sarin attack in August that killed hundreds of civilians and questioned the authenticity of the YouTube videos, insinuating that they are a “forgery.”
A transcript of the entire interview can be read here.
[videos via Fox News]