Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called claims that he used deadly sarin gas on his people a "100 percent fabrication" and insisted the U.S. worked "hand-in-glove" with terrorists to carry out the attacks, he said in an interview published Thursday.
Assad said Syria would only allow an "impartial" investigation into the poison gas incident. The entire incident was "fabricated" and "unconvincing", Assad claimed.
The United States representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) strongly condemned the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday. According to BBC News, Assad denied any and all involvement with the attack in an exclusive interview with Agence France-Presse, explaining that "there was no order" on his behalf to carry out the use of chemical weapons.
Syria denied any use of chemical weapons and Russian Federation backed its claim saying said the deaths had been the result of a conventional strike hitting a rebel arms depot containing "toxic substances".
Russian Federation on Wednesday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution to condemn the chemical attack and demand the Syrian government's cooperation with an global investigation into the incident.
The chemical weapons strike on the town of Khan Sheikhoun killed 87, including women and children, with many more left wounded.
He said investigators have collected samples that have been sent for analysis.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has said it is gathering evidence about the attack but can not comment on an ongoing investigation. Moscow offered the explanation that regime aircraft hit a chemical weapons facility controlled by rebels on the ground.
Assad said more United States attacks "could happen anytime, anywhere, not only in Syria".
At the press conference, Syria's Muallem reiterated that his government no longer possesses chemical weapons and the destruction of its previous stockpiles had been confirmed by the OPCW. And U.S. analysts say the timeline and strike location suggested by Russian Federation don't match reports from the ground or satellite imagery. Use of cruise missiles today can lead to air strikes tomorrow to the deployment of special forces to finally the use of conventional forces in a war for control of the region.
"We are deeply anxious by our partners in the U.N. Security Council trying to evade an honest investigation into that episode", he said. "These are not just member states of the UN Security Council, but the permanent member states of the UN Security Council", he told reporters on Friday.