US unimpressed by al-Assad's speech
The United States faulted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's for failing to address the demands of the mass protests in his country in a speech Monday intended to quell the violent unrest in Syria, DPA reported.
"Al-Assad has been making promises to his people for years, for weeks," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. "What's important now is action, not words."
"The fact that the Syrian people continue to protest every week indicates that for them, his words are not enough - that what they want is action."
The US has already enacted sanctions on al-Assad, whose regime has been accused of violently repressing demonstrations for months. US officials have said they are gathering information in case an international tribunal decides to pursue criminal charges against al-Assad.