Syria insists it will not use chemical weapons against its own people

A Syrian foreign ministry official recently reiterated that the government would never use chemical weapons against its own people.

The comments were made after Western intelligence officials and the U.S. Secretary of State warned Damascus about unusual movements that were detected at its suspected weapons sites, according to

"In response to the statements of the U.S. foreign minister, Syria confirms repeatedly it will never, under any circumstances, use chemical weapons against its own people, if such weapons exist," the Syrian official said, reports.

Few details have been released about the nature of the movements, but the activity appears to be out of the ordinary and could potentially indicate preparations for deployment or an imminent attack.

"It's not just moving stuff around," a U.S. official said, reports. "These are different kind of activities." The same official also said it appeared the regime was undertaking activities that suggested the Syrian military planned to use the weaponry.

Damascus has repeatedly said that it would only use chemical weapons in the case of a foreign invasion.

"These chemical weapons in Syria, if they exist - and I emphasize if - how is it possible that we would use them against our own people? It's a joke," Foreign Minister Walid Muallem recently said, reports.