Melanie Eversley
USA Today
September 19, 2013

Syrian President Bashar Assad wants to cooperate with diplomatic agreements that would compel his country to be rid of chemical weapons within a year, but there are technical issues to consider about such a sensitive operation, he said Wednesday night during an interview on Fox News.

Facing questions at the presidential palace in Damascus, from former U.S. representative Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, and Fox News senior foreign affairs correspondent Greg Palkot, Assad said during the hour-long conversation that his government is committed to the agreement hammered out in talks with Russia.

“It’s a very complicated operation technically and it takes a lot of money,” Assad said, later elaborating that the price tag would be about $1 billion because the chemicals would be detrimental to the environment.

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