Syria's deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad has said "we are still ready and waiting for any American aggression"
"If we suffer, other Arab countries will suffer in the future", he added.
"The main winner" from President Obama's decision to refer to Congress, says Mr Mekdad, "is Israel, as Congress is pro Israel".
He also warned that any American aggression will have "dangerous consequences" and all international organisations will pay the price.
Mr Mekdad also again denied that the Syrian army launched a chemical attack in Damascus, saying:
"Any crazy people can make a chemical weapons attack. We're against chemical weapons."