WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State on Thursday said the United Nations Security Council must be prepared to act on Syria's chemical weapons program, after UN inspectors have come up with ample evidence of chemical weapons use in that country.
In a statement delivered at the State Department, Kerry said the Security Council must be prepared to draw up a "binding" resolution.
"We need everyone's help in order to see that the Security Council lives up to its founding values that passes a binding resolution that codifies the strongest possible mechanism to achieve the goal and achieve it rapidly," said Kerry, adding the agreement that Russia and the United States reached in Geneva " clearly said this must be enforceable, it must be done as soon as possible, it must be real."
The secretary said UN inspectors' investigations have made it clear the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack, which the Syrian government denies.
Kerry said the report confirms "unequivocally that chemical weapons, including the nerve agent sarin, were used in Syria," and continued to claim that only the Assad regime has such chemical weapons, and the means to deliver it.
"The Security Council must be prepared to act next week. It is vital for the international community to stand up and speak out in the strongest possible terms about the importance of enforceable action to rid the world of Syria's chemical weapons," said Kerry.
Kerry's statement came after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia possesses enough evidence that the Syrian opposition used reports about chemical attacks to provoke foreign intervention.