‘The world is watching’: Obama gives clear warning to Syria over possible use of chemical weapons
- As rebellion gets closer to capital Damascus, intelligence analysts concerned that Syrian government might get ‘desperate’
- Obama tells Syria: ‘The use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable’
Barack Obama made it clear to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad yesterday that the U.S. would not tolerate Syria using chemical weapons against its own people.
In a strongly-worded speech on Monday, the U.S. president told the beleaguered Syrian regime:
‘The world is watching. The use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable.’
Obama made it clear that the U.S would not stand by if chemical weapons, such as the deadly nerve gas sarin, were deployed against rebels or the civilian population.
‘If you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable.’
The president didn’t go into further details about what this would entail. But there are concerns that the Syrian government is getting increasingly desperate to subdue to rebellion in the country, and that this might involve the use of chemical weapons.
CBS News reported on Monday that American intelligence indicates that Assad is preparing the ingredients needed for the production of sarin.