UK Defense Lab Says it Hasn't IDed Source of Nerve Agent
05 April, 2018, 00:50 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office have made an unusual apparent U-turn on their previously robust rhetoric on the origin of the nerve agent used to poison Sergei and Julia Skripal Wednesday, just hours after chiefs at the Porton Down defence laboratory - home to Britain's chemical weapons research establishment - denied they had been able to isolate the origin of the chemical.
But Aitkenhead said the British investigators have not yet been able to say where the deadly agent was manufactured.
"We are witnessing obvious prevention of access for Russian representatives to Russian victims", she said.
However, he confirmed the substance required "extremely sophisticated methods to create, something only in the capabilities of a state actor".
Russian Federation has denied having anything to do with the attack.
Mr Corbyn said: "Either the Foreign Secretary has information that he's not sharing with Porton Down or it was a bit of exaggeration".
On the basis of which characteristics ("markers") has it been ascertained that the substance used in Salisbury "originated from Russia"?
Asked if they had samples, Mr Johnson replied: "They do".
Relations between Russian Federation and the West deteriorated sharply in March when the United Kingdom accused Moscow of orchestrating attack on the Skripals, who were exposed to what United Kingdom experts claimed was an A234 nerve agent.
London has directly accused the Kremlin on at least three occasions of being behind the chemical attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.
During a local election campaign visit to Watford, Mr Corbyn said: 'He claimed categorically - and I think he used the words 101% - that it had come from Russian Federation.
Russia requested that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a global watchdog agency, conduct an "unbiased investigation" into British and USA -backed claims that the Russians were behind the attack.
File photo of the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, Netherlands, 21-03-2018.
The tweet, issued on March 22, said: 'Analysis by world-leading experts at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down made clear that this was a military-grade Novichok nerve agent produced in Russian Federation'.
A spokesperson said: "One of the tweets was truncated and did not accurately report our Ambassador's words".
The Foreign Secretary was urged to explain the answer he gave when asked why he was certain the novichok nerve agent originated in Russian Federation.
The spokesperson added: "It is our assessment that Russian Federation was responsible for this brazen and reckless act and, as the worldwide community agrees, there is no other plausible explanation".
As the WSWS warned, "The most plausible explanation of the poisoning in Salisbury is that the unfortunate Mr. Skripal, a washed-up double agent, and his daughter are merely expendable pawns in a conspiracy devised by the U.S. and British intelligence agencies to further very definite geostrategic objectives". A statement from Salisbury District Hospital last week said Yulia Skripal was "improving rapidly" and that Sergei Skripal remains in critical but stable condition. The New York Times reported it was placed on the door knob, citing unnamed officials. Her whereabouts, along with her father who reportedly remains in a critical condition, are still unknown, and the British government continues to deny Russian Federation access to them.
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