December 3rd, 2012
01:34 PM ET

U.S. warns Syria not to use chemical weapons

The United States warned Syria on Monday not to use chemical weapons amid intelligence reports indicating President Bashar al-Assad's regime could be preparing to take that step as it escalates its fight against rebel forces.

"I'm not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence that the Assad regime has resorted to using chemical weapons against their own people," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday. "But suffice it to say, we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur."

The Syrian Foreign Ministry denied that the country had any plans to use chemical weapons, state TV reported. But U.S. intelligence officials say "worrying signs" suggest otherwise.

"This isn't just about movement, but about potential intent to make certain chemical weapons ready for use," an intelligence official told CNN on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

The official declined to describe the intelligence and acknowledged that the United States isn't entirely sure what the Syrian government is up to, or who ordered the moves.

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  1. Jeff

    That is their business. Not out's. it's time for is to stop being the world's police force (and the world's welfare provider).

    December 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff

    This is Syria's business. Not our's. It is time for the US to stop being the world's police force and welfare provider. We need to fix our own problems first.

    December 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Kill them any way you can, but no no, not the chemical stuff. Assad has a deaf ear to this country, and an inexhaustable supply of munitions to commit genocide. He doesn't want to hear anybody. Most of all us.

    December 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Chrissy: My point is this. This countrys' leadership did not give a horses pitute about Assads actions committing to genocide using conventional weapons. So why worry now about WMD's like the administration did taking on Iraq. Because Assad would love to have the chance to see us intervene, so the coward can "press the button" to call on his allies.

    December 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. the prophet

    It's more like...the US is warning Russia not to use chemicals to kill Syrians in the interim Russia takes over

    December 3, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. the prophet

    In middles east is being divided between the US and Russia any objection?

    December 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    NOT me @ 2:04!

    December 3, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Anders Behring Breivik (King of the Island)

    The bad bad americans are warning another country yet again....scaryyyyy!

    December 3, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    @ Anders, damned if you do and damned if you dont. No happy medium here.

    December 3, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |