Reactions to Syria

  • Updated: August 27, 2013 - 10:59 PM
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White House press secretary Jay Carney answers questions about Syria and chemical weapons during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. The U.S. was expected to make public a more formal determination of chemical weapons use on Tuesday, however Carney stated that the president did not have a decision made about the response to announce at this time. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ORG XMIT: MIN2013082719523885

United states

“There’s no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons … the Syrian regime.”

Vice President Joe Biden

France

“France is ready to punish those who took the heinous decision to gas innocents.”

President Francois Hollande

Britain

“Any response would have to be legal, proportionate and deter future use of chemical weapons.”

Prime Minister David Cameron

Syria

“We have the means to defend ourselves, and we will surprise people with them.’’

Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem









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