August 23rd, 2013
04:58 AM ET

U.N. urges probe of chemical weapons claim

United Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said Friday that allegations the Syrian regime used chemical weapons should be investigated immediately, saying such a "crime against humanity should result in serious consequences for the perpetrator."

Ban, speaking in South Korea, said he had called on the Syrian government to allow a U.N. inspection team currently in Syria to examine previous claims of chemical weapons use swiftly to access the site of the latest alleged attack.

He is also sending the U.N. High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane, to Damascus to press the case for an urgent investigation.


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  1. hope

    No doubt those 1.7 million displaced children living in neighboring countries under dire conditions, exposed to the worse things this world have to offer are placing their hope in the UN as much as their parents placed their faith in the U.S. along with the rest of the world in their quest for freedom... We have failed terribly.

    August 23, 2013 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Another day of denial from the Sryrian government. Of course they are going to deny this, and make it as hard as possible for the UN to investigate.
    Hope: what should the US have done?

    August 23, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Good morning.
    US has a non policy for M.East and Syrian implosion reflects that. Deciding to side with the 'rebels' going along with the Saudis & Israel, has complicated our future course of action as AlQaeda strengthens its hold and influence on the splintered 'opposition' – mostly foreign fighters.

    August 23, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    As has been the case in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and now Egypt, the wise policy makers bowing down only to diktats from elsewhere failed to look into possible consequences before committing US and shape a strategy favoring our own interests.

    August 23, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Nothing much we can do now with Russia able to stand up to the West unlike a decade ago. China would hardly be expected to come on board if we decide to go in.
    And then what if the finger again points at the rebels for use of chemicals?

    August 23, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. hope

    Say what...

    You have been saying that for far too long. If its too late, now, then was there an error made somewhere to put us and THEM in this position the US back into the Cold War era?

    If not now, then when?

    August 23, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. @Hope

    As was asked, what would you have the US do?

    August 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hope


    Open your eyes and stop being so pessimistic.

    Israel is ready, UK is ready and the French have been ready to form a coalition with the U.S. What's wrong with this country that we cower from our own ideals? How many people have to die before WE're ready?

    August 23, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • @hope

      In other words, you want us to wage a war in Syria. You want us to send troops. Please don't be shy about saying you would condemn more of our soldier's deaths to fight a war that is to Israel's liking...and one is not one of our own making. Grow up, Hope. I pray it doesn't happen.

      August 23, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Faith

      By all means, Israel should go in then. Keep the US out of it. Israel is a big boy now.

      August 23, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    The US should revamp its entire policy and approach towards M.East, a region where our leverage is diminishing.
    militarism has earned us zilch as the two open ended wars proved. And you say U.K and France are ready.Hardly, the public opinion in both these countries is against involvement in Syria as is here.
    Are we really ready to wage another war? And what ideals had driven us to invade & occupy Iraq and enter into an unproductive long term occupation of Afghanistan?

    August 23, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • hope

      Sounds like Assad. Isn't that what he's doing... Revamping?

      I disagree. You can't just call time out and start all over. We are where we are as a result of that kind of thinking and millions of people, whether you are fond of them or not, have needlessly lost their lives in what may be the worst crimes committed against humanity in this century. This is a genocide being committed by one man and his army of slaves. Assad represents the worst of his kind... A psychopathic murderer, a hoarder of chemical weapons with an unimaginable agenda. His actions show that to be true... And his neighboring countries have bore witness and have asked for our help. Obviously, if it were up to you, we'd stand by and do nothing while a region of the world is at risk. Again, it matters not what you think of their religion, culture or nationality. We don't make war against cultures by allowing Tyrants to rule in a way similar to Hitler.

      I don't condone war, nor do I condone tyranny.


      August 24, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    Do you think that US military involvement in Syria and then with Iran which has to be next if we go that way with a region turned hostile to us and Russia & China arrayed against would be a wise move? can we even afford that ?
    Its time that we get all the major powers together, bring aggressive diplomacy into play to get things under control in Syria.. With the change in Iran, engage them directly into talks, get the peace process moving on Israel/Palestine conflict.

    August 23, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • hope

      Pure pessimism... Iran is not going to come to Assads rescue. What could they, possibly, gain in supporting such a man?

      August 24, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    We simply cannot let AlQaeda continue increasing its franchise in the M.East & hostility towards US compound which our further military involvement would most certainly result in.
    And then the consequences of a war with Syria & Iran are too disturbing even to contemplate.

    August 23, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • hope

      All Assad's "State Run" news agencies have to do is mention Al Q and people have visions of Twin Towers crashing to the ground. Remember what they call it? Psychological Warfare.

      Are you scared yet?


      August 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Perpetual wars ,proxy wars were never American ideals.
    Favoring one nation over others as G.Washington warned us and so did Thomas Payne, was never intended for this nation.

    August 23, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • hope

      Too bad Washington's world was soooo much smaller, otherwise those 'words' would be applicable.

      August 24, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    Have a good one my friend@hope.

    August 23, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rupert

    I agree

    August 23, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Faith

      With what?

      August 23, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. rupert

    With what u said about israel,silly

    August 23, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
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