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Official Letter Received: U.N. has received a letter declaring Syria’s intention to join the Chemical Weapons Convention

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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has received a letter from Syria’s U.N. mission declaring its intention to join the Chemical Weapons Convention, the international agreement outlawing the production and use of chemical weapons, U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq told CNN on Thursday.

President Bashar Assad says Syria will start submitting data on its chemical weapons stockpile a month after signing the convention banning such weapons.

Assad says this is the “standard process” and his country will follow it.

He made the comment in an interview with Russia’s Rossiya-24 TV. The full interview will be broadcast later Thursday.

Assad also said that the process is “two-sided” and suggested it will only work if the U.S. halts its threats of military action against Syria.

Assad: Syria to offer data on chemical weapons one month after signing convention

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