Pres. Obama concludes Syria used chemical weapons against civilians
In an interview with U.S. network PBS on Wednesday
President Barack Obama said Washington has concluded that the Syrian government is responsible for the recent chemical attacks that killed hundreds of civilians near Damascas.
"Well what's happened has been heartbreaking"
President Obama said no decision has been made yet, but he was urging a limited military strike against Syria to deter future use of chemical weapons.
"there is a prospect, a possibility, in which chemical weapons that can have devastating effects could be dircted at us. And we want to make sure that that does not happen."
The president's comments come after Western nations failed to convince Russia at a UN meeting to support a resolution for military action against Syria.
In the UK though, Prime Minister David Cameron's leadership was challenged on Wednesday, as he was forced to delay his plans for imminent military strike.
The opposition Labour Party said it wanted more scrutiny over a decision of such magnitude.
As expected, however, the key Western military alliance, NATO, gave its backing for intervention with NATO Secretary General saying President Assad needs to be held accountable for his actions.
Earlier on Wednesday UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed for world powers to hold off on any military action at least until chemical inspectors in Syria have finished their work.
Connie Lee, Arirang News.
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