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French foreign minister Laurent Fabius with staff.

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius told BFM-TV today that “if it is proven, France’s position is that there must be a reaction, a reaction that could take the form of a reaction with force.”

He added that “there are possibilities for responding,” but refused to elaborate. He did state that if the UN Security Council could not make a decision, one would have to be taken “in other ways.”

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Syrian government officials said the claims of an army chemical weapons attack on its own civilians were “totally false” and the news outlets reporting those claims were “implicated in the shedding of Syrian blood and support terrorism.”

Turkey’s deputy prime minister has said only the Syrian government is in possession of the type of chemical weapons the opposition claims were used in the attack. Turkey’s foreign minister said “all red lines” have been crossed by the Assad regime.

But Iran has rejected the claims that its ally, President Bashar Assad, had deployed chemical weapons, saying the rebels would be responsible, if such an attack had really taken place.

“If the information concerning the use of chemical weapons is accurate, very definitely they were used by terrorist groups… who have shown they will not hold back from committing any crime,” Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said to the IRNA news, referring to the rebels.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague urged international supporters of the Syrian regime to “wake up to … its murderous and barbaric nature” ahead of the UN meeting, Sky News reported.

But Russia, the traditional supporter of the Assad regime, suggested the attack could be a “premeditated provocation” by opposition forces.

Officials from Russia and China are reported to have blocked a stronger press statement supported by Britain, France, the US and others, Sky News reported.

Earlier, Mr Hague said that if verified, the attack “would mark a shocking escalation in the use of chemical weapons in Syria”.

He added: “Those who order the use of chemical weapons, and those who use them, should be in no doubt that we will work in every way we can to hold them to account.”

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24 COMMENTS

  1. You can't base what has been going on in Syria from countries like Iran, China, Russia, and Turkey. They all have their own agendas. Although I am far from a supporter of Syria, what has been going on there needs to be stopped, Surprisingly, there has been little response from the international community. Nor has the United Nations human rights counsel, the same one that levies every human rights violation they can think of against Israel, has had a call to arms. There is a good chance chemical weapons have been used. I don't know if it was propaganda but yesterday I saw a picture of a small child being given oxygen. If this is what has what has been actually going on, something should be done about it. At the very least a no fly zone should be implemented. It's interesting that Obama will get involved in Egypt to have Mubarak ousted but sits idly by while carnage takes place in Syria. Perhaps something to be thought about is if we could get rid of Assad, we can potentially turn a hostile state into a more reform minded one. This would isolate Iran from having a steadfast ally and be one less threat against Israel. I don't know if this would work but it's something to think about. Iraq, which was never an ally of Iran but was still run by a lunatic who actually had France and Italy build a nuclear facility in return for cheap oil was eventually taken down and now that countries dream of using nuclear weapons against Israel have been dashed. If the world actually wants a more stable middle east as much as they say they do, this could be a way to do it.

  2. You cannot base ANYTHING off of what Britian says.. They claimed those trucks had "chemicals".. Then come to find out those trucks were BUILT IN BRITIAN and carried gas used to inflate balloons. And any half wit can go on YouTube and find the video of a syrian REBEL chopping away at a mans neck with a machete until his head came off.. WHILE HE WAS ALIVE!!.. And you sick pukes BELIEVE THE LIES ABOUT ASSAD.. SHAME ON YOU FOR NOT KNOWING THE MAIDSTREAM MEDIA IS CONTROLLED BY ZIONISTS HELL BENT ON GLOBAL DOMINATION VIA. MONEY.. That's right.. Syria is one of the last countries not to have a central banking system run by the same cabel that runs the 'Federal Reserve' (A private bank).. And 17TRILLION IN DEBT..and they just keep printing money putting future generations in debt to them.. taxing our lives.. TAKING OUR TIME AWAY.. Takes time to make that money now doesn't it.. WAKE THE HELL UP!! SYRIA/ASSAD, ARE THE GOOD GUYS.. THEY WONT BOW TO THEM.. AND WEE NEED TO GET RID OF THEM.. ISRAEL IS AN ABOMINATION.. do your homework!

  3. The chemicals have Saudi Arabia written on them.. Who controls them though.. same people that control THIS country.. Zionists .. And we are doing so wonderfully well now.. aren't we.

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