US ambassador to UN says Syria 'verdict is clear'

US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power has joined a chorus of officials claiming the Syrian regime had used chemical weapons against civilians.

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#UN inspectors had to brave sniper fire in #Syria today. This after Assad stalled for 5 days while destroying evidence & shelling survivors.

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Haunting images of entire families dead in their beds. Verdict is clear: Assad has used CWs against civilians in violation of int'l norm.

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We're reviewing response options & consulting w/allies & partners in NY & around the world. Widespread outrage & desire for accountability.

Read: 'Only regime has capacity' to launch chemical weapons

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West 'threatening Syria solution'

The Russian Ambassador to the UK has accused the West of "deliberately undermining chances for a political solution in Syria" by pushing for military action. The US has said Syria must be held accountable for its "heinous" chemical weapons attack.