President Bashar al-Assad has said Syria is capable of confronting any external attack , Reuters reports, citing state television.
"Syria ... is capable of confronting any external aggression," Assad is quoted as saying at a meeting with Iranian officials.
"The American threats of launching an attack against Syria will not discourage Syria away from its principles ... or its fight against terrorism supported by some regional and Western countries, first and foremost the United States of America."
Syria generally refers to rebels fighting to topple Assad as "terrorists".
Syrian government officials were watching President Obama's White House speech. I didn't see them smile but there's no doubt they did.
Footage has emerged which appears to show an horrific incident incendiary weapons in northern Syria near a school.
After last week's clouds of poison gases in the suburbs, people in Damascus are bracing themselves for the expected missile retaliation.