World Bulletin / News Desk
US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Wednesday that "all options remain on the table" regarding the Syrian crisis except for sending US troops to the country.
"[...] all options remain on the table, aside from boots on the ground," Psaki told a daily press briefing in response to a question whether the US had the same assessment from a year ago over a "redline" which President Barack Obama had announced and said it would be crossed if Assad regime used its chemical arsenal.
Syrian National Coalition (SNC) blamed the Syrian regime forces of carrying out a chemical attack in the suburbs of the Ghouta region in the early hours of Wednesday, claiming that at least 1,300 people were killed in the assault.
But the Syrian regime strongly denied the claim and described reports and figures as "lies and groundless," blaming international media for covering baseless stories aiming at "distracting a visiting team of United Nations chemical weapons experts from their mission."
Psaki expressed deep concern on civilian death toll from the possible chemical weapon attack, adding that the US had officially appealed to United Nations (UN) for an urgent investigation into allegations of use of chemical arms.
"If [the Syrian regime] have nothing to hide, they should be providing the team with unfettered access. That’s something we will continue to call for publicly and we will convey privately in every opportunity," Psaki said.
"And every country should be supporting the effort by the UN investigative team to go in and look at as many cases as they can possibly look at. And we believe there’s a moral imperative to allow that to happen."
A UN investigation team is currently in Syria to investigate an earlier allegation of use of chemical weapons reported by the Syrian government at Khan al-Assal as well as two other allegations reported by Security Council member states.Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ağustos 2013, 09:50