U.S. to make careful review of Syria's chemical weapon document
Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Friday during her daily press briefing. Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime recently submitted an initial declaration of its chemical weapons stockpile to the OPCW. Harf said that as a member of the executive council of the OPCW, the U.S. will thoroughly review the document.
"The United States, along with other (Chemical Weapons Convention) state parties, will be making a careful and thorough review of the initial document," Harf said. "I think I would note here that the next step in the process is for the technical secretariat to submit this to the full executive council of the OPCW - we're a member of that executive council. And of course, we've said an accurate list is vital to ensure the effective implementation of the Geneva framework."
Harf declined to get ahead of what might happen after the U.S. looks at the document.
"I don't have anything further than what I just said, that they've submitted an initial document; when it comes to the executive council, we'll take a look at it and go from there," Harf said. "Clearly, we said they needed to submit a comprehensive list of their entire stockpile and program, but we'll have more to come, I'm sure, as we go through the list."
When asked about the U.S. reaction to Syria apparently meeting its obligation within the timeframe established in the U.S.-Russia framework, Harf said she would comment further on the matter after the U.S. evaluates the document.