US President Barack Obama said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will be held accountable if Syria makes the tragic mistake of using chemical weapons.
He said: "Today we're also working so that the Syrian people can have a better future, free of the Assad regime.
"Given the regime's stockpiles of chemical weapons, we will continue to make it clear to Assad and those around him that the world is watching and that they will be held accountable by the international community and the United States should they make the tragic mistake of using those weapons."
Syria acknowledged that it had chemical and biological weapons and said it could use them if foreign countries intervened.
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