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."
Syria acknowledged that it had chemical and biological weapons and said it could use them if foreign countries intervened.
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