Kerry: US “deeply disturbed” by reports of chlorine attack use in Syria
WASHINGTON: Secretary of State John Kerry indicated that the US is “deeply disturbed” by reports that the Syrian Bashar al-Assad used chlorine as a weapon in a March 16 attack on Sarmin.
“We are looking very closely into this matter and considering next steps. While we cannot yet confirm details, if true, this would be only the latest tragic example of the Assad regime’s atrocities against the Syrian people,” said Kerry in a statement Thursday.
The Secretary added that the investigation into the allegation must begin “as quickly as possible” and noted that the “international community cannot turn a blind eye to such barbarism.” In August of 2013 Assad launced a chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus where more than 1,000 people were killed. This past June the White House announced that it had removed the final 8 percent of declared chemical weapons precursors from Syria.