Obama seeks congressional support for military strike in Syria
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Tuesday, delivering the Obama administraion's intent to carry out a limited military strike against the Syrian regime.
"He is asking for authorization to degrade and deter Bashar-al Assad's capacity to use chemical weapons."
"A refusal to act would undermine the credibility of America's other security commitments, including the president's commitment to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The word of the United States must mean something."
Earlier Tuesday, President Obama urged congressional leaders to vote in favor of U.S. military intervention in Syria.
"This is not Iraq and this is not Afghanistan. This is a limited, proportional step that will send a clear message not only to the Assad regime, but also to other countries that may be interested in testing some of these international norms, that there are consequences."
Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner , and Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi, who were present at the meeting said, they agreed the U.S. must send a strong message to the Syrian regime.
"This is something the United States as a country needs to do. I am going to support the president's call for action."
"It is really something that from a humanitarian standpoint cannot be ignored or else we cannot say 'never again.'"
French President Francois Hollande has also thrown his support behind U.S.-led military action in Syria.
Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that the use of force should be done within the framework of the UN Charter.
"We must consider the impact of any punitive measure on efforts to prevent further bloodshed and facilitate a political resolution of the conflict."
Ban added that he will announce the results of the ongoing investigation on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, as soon as the findings are complete.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.
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