OPCW praises U.S. operational support in Syria

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons praised U.S. operational and financial support in the mission to destroy Syria's chemical weapons, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Monday during her daily press briefing. When asked about the recent praise given by the OPCW, the organization responsible for destroying Syria's chemical arsenal with help from the U.N., Psaki said the U.S. is offering assistance to help the OPCW meet the milestones set out for destruction of Syria's chemical weapons program.

"As you know, the United States is committed to supporting the international community's efforts to destroy Syria's chemical weapons in the safest, most efficient and effective means possible," Psaki said. "We have offered and are currently outfitting a U.S. vessel with field-deployable hydrolysis system technology to support the OPCW's efforts. We are in close contact with the OPCW and our international partners and remain confident that we can meet the milestones for destruction set out by the OPCW."

Psaki previously offered the OPCW and the U.N. Trust Fund $6 million in financial contributions and in kind, also providing materials for the mission. She said the details are still being worked through between the U.S. and the OPCW.

When asked if the U.S. will provide more than $6 million to the cause, Psaki said the State Department is open to exploring additional ways to provide assistance.