U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that the chemical-weapons use against civilians in Syria is inexcusable and “undeniable,” and that President Barack Obama will make an informed decision on how to respond.
“Indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity,” Kerry said.
“By any standard, it is inexcusable and — despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured — it is undeniable,” he said.
Obama called British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande over the weekend as his administration was considering a series of military options, ranging from a cruise missile strike to a more sustained air campaign against Syria.
The Syrian government on Monday denied and slammed the allegations of chemical-weapons use. President Bashar al-Assad said that the West’s claims that his government used chemical weapons were “an insult to common sense,” adding the United States would face “failure” if it decided to intervene militarily in Syria.