S Korea-UN probe-Syria

SEOUL, March 22 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Friday welcomed a decision by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to start an investigation into allegations of chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

"The government expects the U.N. probe to be carried out in a swift and comprehensive manner, and deal with all allegations with regard to chemical weapons attacks in Syria," foreign ministry spokesman Cho Tai-young said in a statement.

Syria is believed to have a large stockpile of chemical weapons and the U.N. investigation came after the Syrian regime's request for a probe into purported chemical weapons attacks this week, while the rebel groups counterclaim that the regime has waged a chemical warfare since December.

Despite conflicting accounts of alleged uses of chemical weapons in Syria, no evidence has been found yet, according to foreign media reports. More than 70,000 people have been killed during the two-year civil war in Syria.

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