In an interview with PBS Newshour on Wednesday, President Obama said the U.S. had concluded that the regime of Bashar Assad used chemical weapons, during an attack last week near Damascus that reportedly left hundreds dead and potentially thousands more injured.
“We have looked at all the evidence, and we do not believe the opposition possessed nuclear weapons on – or chemical weapons of that sort,” Obama said. “We do not believe that, given the delivery systems, using rockets, that the opposition could have carried out these attacks. We have concluded that the Syrian government in fact carried these out. And if that’s so, then there need to be international consequences.”
Obama added that he had not made a decision on whether the United States would launch a military attack on Syria.
“We’re consulting with the international community,” Obama said. “And you know, I have no interest in any kind of open-ended conflict in Syria, but we do have to make sure that when countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us, that they are held accountable.”