WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday that he has not made a final decision on a military strike against Syria.
Obama said he was considering a "limited narrow act" in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict, in remarks made before a meeting with three Baltic leaders at the White House.
"We're not considering any open-ended commitment," He said. "We 're not considering any boots on the ground approach."
"I have not made a final decision about various actions that might be taken to help enforce that norm," He said. "But as I've already said, I have had my military and our team look at a wide range of options."
Earlier in the day, the White House released an unclassified U. S. intelligence report, which concluded with "high confidence" that Syrian government forces had used chemical weapons multiple times in the last year, including the Aug. 21 attack in Damascus suburbs.
Obama and his administration officials have said time and again that the Syrian government must be held accountable for its violation of the international norm against the use of banned weapons.
The president pledged continued consultations with Congress, as some lawmakers are urging him to seek Congressional authorization for action against Syria.
UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Friday started a series of consultations with the United Nations member states on Syria amid escalating tension about the war-torn country.
Ban, who returned to New York on Thursday night from his shortened European tour, first gave the permanent members of the UN Security Council an overview of work by UN inspectors who arrived in Syria on Aug. 18 to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons there, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporter here, adding that Ban will reach out to other member states. Full story
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday called French counterpart Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss possible measures to take to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad's government for allegedly using chemical weapons against the opposition.
The White House said in a statement Obama and Hollande spoke " as part of their continuing consultations regarding the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons on August 21." Full story
COPENHAGEN, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- A Danish newspaper on Friday quoted NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen as saying that NATO will not take part in the possible attack against Syria in response to alleged use of chemical weapons.
"I see no NATO role in an international reaction to the Syrian regime," Rasmussen told the Danish newspaper Politiken in the town of Vejle on Jutland Peninsula in western Denmark, where he is on a one-day trip to visit soldiers wounded in NATO operations in Afghanistan. Full story