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Assad wants $1 billion for the chemical weapons he's not supposed to have

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In this frame grab from video taken Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, and provided by "CBS This Morning," Syrian President Bashar Assad responds to a question from journalist Charlie Rose during an interview in Damascus, Syria. Assad warned in the interview broadcast Monday on CBS there will be retaliation against the U.S. for any military strike launched in response to the alleged chemical weapons attack. Assad said, "You should expect everything." Credit: AP

Via USA Today:

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.

"It's not about will; it's about techniques," he said.

Assad also said if the United States wanted to pick up the $1 billion, that would help.

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