3 Sept 2012
PARIS (AP) – Western powers are preparing a tough response in case Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime deploys chemical or biological weapons in its civil war, France’s foreign minister said Monday.
Syria’s leadership has said the country, which is believed to have nerve agents as well as mustard gas and Scud missiles capable of delivering them, could use chemical or biological weapons if it were attacked from outside.
President Barack Obama has called it a “red line” for the U.S. if Assad’s regime were to use such lethal weapons, and France has been ratcheting up its language on the issue.
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