U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Syria retains chemical weapons and that North Korea is not to be trusted. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday (April 21) that Syria had dispersed its warplanes in recent days and retained chemical weapons, an issue that would have to be taken up diplomatically. The United States launched dozens of missiles earlier this month against a Syrian air base in response to a chemical attack that killed 90 people, including 30 children. It says the Syrian government launched the attack from the Shayrat air base. "There can be no doubt in the international community's mind that Syria has retained chemical weapons in violation of its agreement and its statement that it had removed them all. There's no longer any doubt," Mattis told a joint news conference with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Liberman in Tel Aviv. He stated that although Syria had dispersed their aircraft, the U.S. believed it had retained some chemical weapons. In a 2013 agreement brokered by Russia and the United States, Syria agreed to destroy its chemical weapons. Mattis also dismissed North Korea's threat of a "super-mighty preemptive strike" against the U.S., saying "their word has not proven honest."