Obama sure Syria used chemical weapons, UN says they need more time to investigate
(AP) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says a team of chemical weapons inspectors needs a total of four days to complete its investigation into an alleged chemical weapons attack in Damascus. Ban said Wednesday the team had completed a second day of investigations at a site in a suburb of the Syrian capital, Damascus. He says, “Let them conclude … their work for four days and then we will have to analyze scientifically” their findings and send a report to the Security Council.
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US President Barack Obama says the US has concluded that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attacks near Damascus. He said the use of chemical weapons affected US national interests and sending a “shot across the bows” could have a positive impact on Syria’s war.
Critics have questioned what purpose a limited strike on Syria could serve, but Mr Obama said it would send the government of Bashar al-Assad “a pretty strong signal that it better not do it [use chemical weapons] again”. The US has yet to produce the intelligence it says shows Mr Assad’s government is guilty of using chemical weapons, and UN weapons inspectors are still investigating inside Syria.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said they need four more days to complete their investigations and has appealed for the team to be “given time to do its job”.
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