Syria says won't use chemical weapons on Syrians

By PAULINE JELINEK and BRADLEY KLAPPER
Czech Republic's Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, left, and US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, arrive for their press conference in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.  Secretary of State Clinton is lobbying the Czech Republic authorities to approve an American contract bid for an expansion of a nuclear power plant. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Czech Republic's Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, left, and US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, arrive for their press conference in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. Secretary of State Clinton is lobbying the Czech Republic authorities to approve an American contract bid for an expansion of a nuclear power plant. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

WASHINGTON (AP) — WASHINGTON (AP) — Syria says it would never use chemical weapons against its own people.

Monday's statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Damascus is in response to reports in Washington that U.S. and allied intelligence have detected Syrian movement of chemical weapons components in recent days.

The ministry said Monday that Syria "would not use chemical weapons — if there are any — against its own people under any circumstances."

Syria has been careful never to confirm that it has any chemical weapons.