Foreign Secretary William Hague has refused to rule out supplying arms to rebels in Syria - and confirmed more equipment would be sent to them shortly.
He told BBC's Andrew Marr: "I don’t think we can rule that out in the future [but] I will not be announcing, this week, arms to the Syrian opposition."
He added: "We will be giving more assistance directly to the opposition. I will announce in Parliament this week what that will consist of - it will involve more equipment to try and save lives in Syria."
He attacked Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for accusing the UK of having a "naive, confused and unrealistic" approach to his country's bloody civil war.
"This is a man presiding over this slaughter... I think this will go down as one of the most delusional interviews that any national leader has given in modern times."
More top news
Welsh-born actor Christian Bale will play the role of Steve Jobs in an upcoming Hollywood film about the life of the Apple co-founder.
Documents released by the National Archive reveal how a suburban bank clerk became MI5's top agent among Nazi circles in wartime Britain.
An axe-wielding man who attacked four New York City police officers has been shot dead.