Kerry: Obama Determined To Hold Syria Accountable For Using Chemical Weapons

Source: Karen DeYoung and Anne Gearan / The Washington Post

Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Monday that Syria’s use of chemical weapons is “undeniable,” and that “this international norm cannot be violated without consequences.”

In a strongly worded assessment, Kerry said that evidence now being gathered by United Nations experts on the ground in Syria was important but was not necessary to prove what is already “grounded in facts, informed by conscience and guided by common sense.”

As U.S. warships armed with cruise missiles were positioned in the Mediterranean amid international calls for action, Kerry said that President Obama “will be making an informed decision of how to respond.”

“Make no mistake: President Obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world’s most heinous weapons against the world’s most vulnerable people. Nothing today is more serious, and nothing is receiving more serious scrutiny,” Kerry said.

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