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Syrian chemical weapon use risks 'political settlement'

The use of chemical weapons by Syrian government forces and the involvement of Hezbollah fighters threaten to "put a political settlement out of reach," the US State Department said today.

A statement cited comments by Secretary of State John Kerry after his talks with Iraq's foreign minister:

The secretary reaffirmed that the United States continues to work aggressively for a political solution with the goal of a second Geneva meeting, but that the use of chemical weapons and increasing involvement of Hezbollah demonstrates the regime's lack of commitment to negotiations and threatens to put a political settlement out of reach.

– state department statement