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    Tokyo Studying Moscow-Beijing UNSC Proposal on Chemical Arms in Syria

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    Japan is looking into the Russian-Chinese UN Security Council draft resolution to combat terrorist use of chemical weapons in Syria, Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) According to Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin, Moscow and Beijing had submitted the draft resolution tightening the screw on terrorists preparing to use chemical weapons on Wednesday.

    "With regard to the Russian draft resolution on Syria, Japan is considering it. There is a concern in Japan over the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and we will make every effort, together with the international community for the day to come as soon as possible when chemical weapons in Syria are destroyed," Kishida said after a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Tokyo.

    Last week, a spokesman for Syrian Kurds told Sputnik that gas poisoning cases had been reported among the civilian population and Kurdish militias after an attack on Aleppo by Islamic militants on April 6.

    The Jaysh al-Islam group took responsibility for the shelling of Aleppo and stated that it had deployed "forbidden" weapons. The group, however, did not specify whether it used chemical agents.

    The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Thursday called for unanimous support for the draft resolution among Security Council members, and reiterated Beijing’s firm stance against the use of chemical weapons under any circumstances.

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