The prize, which was given to the global chemical weapons watchdog on Friday, "should have been mine", Assad said, according to a newspaper. Assad made the remark "jokingly", the daily said, as he commented on the award on Friday of Nobel Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of chemical weapons, which is working in Syria to destroy the Assad regime's massive chemical arsenal by mid-2014.

The newspaper also reported that Assad had proposed in 2003 that all countries in the region should hand over all weapons of mass destruction. But the newspaper did not say when Assad made the comments about the Nobel. The OPCW and the UN have had a team of 60 experts and support staff in Syria since October 1, while the civil war rages on.

The team started its work after a breakthrough UN Security Council resolution in September 2013 ordering Syria's chemical stockpile destroyed.


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