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WASHINGTON, August 26 (RIA Novosti) – US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday blamed the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad for the “cowardly” chemical weapons attack in a rebel stronghold near Damascus last week, and said the United States and its allies were preparing a response.
“The reported number of victims… and first-hand accounts strongly indicate that chemical weapons were used in Syria,” Kerry told a news briefing in Washington, five days after the attack in which the medical charity Doctors Without Borders said 355 people were killed.
“Moreover, we know the Syrian regime maintains custody of these weapons, has the capacity to do this with rockets, and is determined to clear the opposition from the very places where the attacks took place,” Kerry said, adding that the United States has more information about the attack that it will “provide in the days ahead.”
Kerry called the attack a “moral obscenity” and “a cowardly crime,” and accused Assad’s regime of making a “cynical attempt” to cover it up by barring immediate access to the site of the attack to a team of UN investigators.
“I made it clear to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem that if Syria had nothing to hide, their response would be to give unrestricted and immediate access to the UN investigators, but instead for five days, they refused access to the site of the attack that would allegedly exonerate them,” Kerry said.
“Make no mistake, President Obama believes there must be accountability for the use of the world’s most heinous weapons against the world’s most vulnerable people,” Kerry said.
Shortly after the Kerry speech, White House spokesman Jay Carney said, “What we are talking about … is a response to the clear violation of an international norm and it is profoundly in the interest of the United States and of the international community that that violation of an international norm be responded to.”
Obama is discussing “a range of options” for Syria, including military intervention, with his national security team, but has not yet made a decision on what action the United States will take, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters after Kerry’s speech.
Obama said previously that the US would intervene in the Syrian conflict in the event of a chemical attack. British media reported the country’s forces are already preparing for a joint naval operation with the US against Assad’s forces.
Kerry’s statement came hours after a UN team in Syria came under attack from sniper fire while going to investigate the chemical weapons attack.
Assad has denied launching last week’s chemical attack.
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- living069Hypocrites05:38, 27/08/2013they have used chemical weapons in countries they fought against yet they scream red line, all this mayhem for the tiny vile state of israehell.
- bielec"United States is preparing a response"?07:18, 27/08/2013I did not know that Syria has attacked United States.
Everything else, without a proper UNSC authorization, will be a crime against peace. Even threatening an aggressive war is a crime. Preparation and planning of such a war is a crime. No country is or ever should be above international law.
This will be another aggressive conquest war based on a pack of lies and "justified" by fabricated false flag operations.
We have now the U.S., UK, and France following the worst traditions of the WWII Axis - Germany, Italy and Japan. We have Israel, that through its lobbies and undercover operations plays a significant role in pushing the world to another global war. And we have the Arab client states that would cut throats of their Brothers Muslims to please Americans and Jews.
Kerry is a criminal. He should be captured, arrested, and tried in Nuremberg, under the same Nuremberg Principles that were used to punish Nazi war criminals.
The question now is:
Do Chinese leaders have enough honor and integrity to do what is right? Can they and will they modify Chinese foreign markets in order to be able to make independent political decisions?
This is the important moment. If Iran joins the war effort, other countries will be drawn to it, or they will lose big time. Is Russia determined to avoid the faith of Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya; and possibly Syria, Iran and North Korea? Does China need access to energy resources in Middle East and Africa? Is China prepared to dump the US dollar and collapse the U.S. economy? Are Russia and China ready and willing to challenge Western aggression on Syria and Iran by directly entering the war theater? What are the odds?
- moistThe first response to...09:19, 27/08/2013..this latest western colonial bravado should come in the following order:
Syria (as in it´s successful downing of a Turkish/ZATO jet testing their defences. One hit with a hypersonic Yakohnt would take off enough steam on the US & Co.) Iran, which is the next and ultimate prize on the USraeli hit list, has stated that an attack on Syria is an attack on Iran. It´s only a matter of hours for Iran to take out Saudi oil-fields and sink the ailing western economy.
Lebanon/Hezbolla and an expected hard rain of missiles raining down on the settler state, including Dimona and possibly also from Hamas on the southern flank. If that´s not enough the last line of defences is Russia´s huge armada in the region, already involved in delivering means of resistance and intelligence to it´s Syrian allies and China. Would ZATO risk a WW3 for israel?
- bielecTo moist:18:00, 27/08/2013NATO is Israel. Plus, the best strategy would be for all Syria's allies to enter the war simultaneously, instead of being weakened one by one. There will be different fronts, including Israel, Georgia, Europe, the Saudi, Africa, possibly Canada and the Polar region. Such a global conflict could involve countries like Kazakhstan, Belarus, and most European NATO members. All SCO and CSTO members will step in. In order to succeed, all efforts should be coordinated. Small local agendas should be avoided. Is such coordination on the planning board?
- LocoIvanLOL, All of the Anti-West...22:31, 27/08/2013heretics out in force.
If that´s not enough the last line of defences is Russia´s huge armada in the region, already involved in delivering means of resistance and intelligence...'
Oh yeah, the force who leveled the targets in Latakia were utterly terrified, to say the least, by this mighty Russian Armada, LOL.
- bielecAnother important step18:44, 27/08/2013China and Japan should make it a priority to become allies.
Chinese manufacturing potential, supplemented with Japanese technology and Africa's mineral resources, would create an enormous economic and political superpower. This would be a better perspective for Japan than "friendship" with a declining U.S.A.
Japanese are honorable people who have never forgotten Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Their allignment, in case of a global conflict, may surprise Kerry and the New Axis.
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