US sharpens warning on Syrian chemical weapons
The United States is increasingly concerned over Syria's chemical weapons stockpile and its potential use against Syrian civilians, a White House spokesman said Monday, DPA reported.
Syrian opposition forces have made strategic progress and are growing stronger, Jay Carney said at a briefing. The regime has not been able to stop the progress using conventional weapons, which has heightened US worries.
"We are concerned that an increasingly beleaguered regime, having found its escalation of violence through conventional means inadequate, might be considering the use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people," Carney said. "And as the president has said, any use or proliferation of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime would cross a red line for the United States."
Carney said the Damascus regime must know that the world is watching, and regime members will be held accountable by the US and the international community if they use chemical weapons or fail to meet their obligations to secure them.