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Syria chemical weapons threat 'unacceptable'

Foreign Secretary William Hague said it was 'unacceptable to say they would use chemical weapons under any circumstances' Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Syria's threat to use chemical weapons against foreign intervention is "unacceptable", Foreign Secretary William Hague said.

Speaking to reporters at a European Union foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels, Hague said: "This is typical of the complete illusion of this regime, that they are the victims of external aggression.

"What is actually happening is their own people are rising up against a brutal police state ... and in any case it is unacceptable to say that they would use chemical weapons under any circumstances."