U.S. says those responsible for Syria chemical attack will be held accountable
The United States has strongly condemned Syria for its use of chemical weapons, calling it "undeniable and inexcusable."
"Let me be clear: The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity."
In a press briefing Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry indicated there WILL be an international response to what's happening in Syria, in the coming days.
"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."
With Kerry's remarks, it now seems more likely Western powers, including the U.S., Britain and France, are edging toward a military strike against Syria.
They are known to have agreed to cooperate in a military action, even without the backing of the UN, and attack major Syrian facilities using cruise missiles fired from navy warships.
The London-based Financial Times quoted an unnamed senior Western official as saying the three countries are eyeing "a series of one-off strikes on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's military assets," to send a clear message that "the international community would not tolerate the use of chemical weapons in modern warfare."
However, the official added that these nations are not planning to intervene in the Syrian civil war.
On the other side, countries like Iran and Russia, allies of the Syrian government, warned that a military attack would be a "terrible mistake."
"If anybody thinks that bombing and destroying the Syrian military infrastructure, and leaving the battlefield for the opponents of the regime to win, would end everything - that is an illusion."
The Russian foreign minister also made it clear that the use of force without UN Security Council approval would be a "grave violation of international law."
Eoh Jin-joo, Arirang News.
Meanwhile as Syria's foreign minister says his country is prepared to defend itself U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the press that the U.S. military is ready to go at a moment's notice should President Obama order an attack.
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