U.S. encourages nations to support OPCW in Syria

The U.S. is encouraging other nations to lend support to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to help in the destruction of Syria's chemical arsenal, the State Department said on Tuesday.

Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Tuesday during her daily press briefing. Harf responded to a question about a report that the OPCW may run out of funding by the end of November. Harf disputed the report, saying it was factually inaccurate.

"The article said that more cash will have to be found soon to pay for the destruction of poison gas stocks," Harf said. "Well, the OPCW doesn't do destruction. It does verification and monitoring. So clearly, that's one fact that's been a lead of this story that just isn't factually accurate. But we don't share that assessment."

Harf said the U.S. contributed $6 million in assistance to the U.N. and the OPCW trust funds set up to support the project in Syria. She said the U.S. encourages other nations to provide support to the mission in whatever way they can.

"You're right that we do encourage nations and we are encouraging nations to provide support, including personnel, technical expertise, information, financial, equipment, all of the above," Harf said. "That will be ongoing. This is a very expensive thing to do, but I do take a little bit of issue with the assessment that was in the story."