US Accuses Syrian Government of Using Chemical Weapons
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the Obama administration is "all but certain" that the Syrian government used chemical weapons to attack innocent civilians.
Kerry made a statement from Washington, DC on Monday afternoon underscoring that the White House has little doubt the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad deployed chemical weapons on the outskirts of Damascus last week, killing hundreds.
Reports from Syria of chemical warfare “should shock the conscience of the world,” Kerry said, adding that the indiscriminate slaughter of women and children carried out by the Assad government constitutes a “moral obscenity.”
President Barack Obama has yet to make a determination about how the US will respond, Kerry said, but a decision would be forthcoming.
The US has already mobilized warships in the Mediterranean Sea which may begin striking Syrian target upon permission from Washington.
Kerry said the White House has “additional information” about this attack that is being compiled and reviewed by the administration and will be released in the days ahead.
“While investigators are gathering additional information on the ground, our understanding of what has already happened in Syria is grounded in facts, informed by conscious and guided by common sense,” Kerry said. “The reported number of victims, the reported symptoms of those who were killed or injured, the first hand accounts from the humanitarian organizations on the ground . . . these all strongly indicate that everything these images are already screaming at us are real: that chemical weapons were used in Syria.”