John Kerry said the UN report into the Syria chemical attack clearly shows the US were right that Assad was the perpetrator.
In an interview with an American TV network President Assad has warned the US there would 'retaliation' for any military attack,
As the threat of US strikes looms, people of Damascus wonder what missiles will achieve, and for whom.
Syria's deputy prime minister Qadri Jamil has offered the first indication of what the country intends to propose at the delayed conference in Geneva on the state's future.
In an interview with the Guardian, he said:
– Syria's deputy prime minister Qadri Jamil
Neither the armed opposition nor the regime is capable of defeating the other side.
This zero balance of forces will not change for a while.
[The Syrian government will propose] an end to external intervention, a ceasefire and the launching of a peaceful political process in a way that the Syrian people can enjoy self-determination without outside intervention and in a democratic way.
The civil war in Syria has reached a stalemate, according to the country's deputy prime minister.
Qadri Jamil told the Guardian that President Assad's government is set to call for a ceasefire at the delayed conference in Geneva on Syria's future.
Mr Jamil said neither side was strong enough to win the two year conflict, which has caused the death of more than 100,000 people.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said the UN findings on the chemical attack in Syria confirmed what the US already knew, and said it was time for the international community to accept the facts presented in the UN's report. He said:
"This fight about Syria's chemical weapons is not a game. It is real. It's important."
US Secretary of State John Kerry has called for the UN Security Council to pass a binding, enforceable resolution when it meets next week to discuss possible action against Assad's chemical weapon attack. Mr Kerry said the findings of the UN's own report mean that it must act:
There you have it: Sarin was used, Sarin killed.
This is not complicated, when we said we know what is true, we meant it.
We have a definitive UN report, strengthening our case and solidifying our resolve.
The Security Council must be prepared to act next week. It is vital for the international community to stand up and speak out and take enforceable action against Syria's chemical weapons.
The complete removal of Syria's chemical weapons is possible by peaceful means. This must be done as soon as possible, it must be real.
The Security Council must stand up for its founding values and pass a binding resolution that codifies the strongest possible mechanism to achieve the goal, and to achieve it rapidly.
US Secretary of State John Kerry says the UN Security Council must be prepared to act on Syria next week.
US Secretary John Kerry said the UN report into the chemical attack in Syria confirmed that Assad's regime used chemical weapons against his own people.
The facts in the report were as categorical, as they were convincing. Every single data point, their origins, and the confirmation of Sarin, every single bit of it confirms what we already knew.
The UN report confirms that chemical weapons, including the nerve agent Sarin were used in Syria, and despite the regime's best efforts to shell the area, the UN spoke to survivors.
What did they confirm? That the Assad regime was guilty of carrying out that attack, even though that was not the mandate of the UN report.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said the UN report into the chemical weapon attack in Syria has confirmed what the US knew. He said:
It was in the Senate that I first head Daniel Patrick Moynihan end many of his own arguments saying you are entitled to your own opinion but you are not entitled to your own facts. And those words are really worth using and focusing on as we head into next week's meeting in New York.
We really don't have time for anyone to have their own set of facts, approaching the issue of chemical weapons in Syria.
This fight about Syria's chemical weapons is not a game. It is real. It's important.
The UN report into the chemical attack confirms what we already knew.
US Secretary of State John Kerry will make a statement about Syria at 8pm, State Department sources told Reuters.
The statement comes as Damascus approaches a deadline on declaring its chemical weapons programme, the first step in the US- Russia deal designed to destroy them.
Britain will look to press other countries at the United Nations next week to provide more money to ease the Syrian humanitarian crisis, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.
Mr Clegg will lead the UK delegation to the UN's general assembly in New York.
He warned not enough funding is being sent to the region to help the millions of people displaced and "traumatised" by the conflict.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he could not be 100% certain that the plan to destruct Syria's chemical weapons would be completed, but the indications he had seen from the Assad regime were positive, so far. Speaking to journalists in Russia, he said:
Will we be able to accomplish it all? I cannot be 100% sure about it. But everything we have seen so far in recent days gives us confidence that this will happen.
He also reiterated his belief that the chemical attack on August 21 was carried out by opponents of President Assad.