White House says U.N. report on Syria's chemical weapons bolsters U.S. argument

WASHINGTON Mon Sep 16, 2013 5:46pm EDT

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to the media after briefing the Security Council on the U.N. chemical weapons report on the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Arabic Republic at the United Nations in New York September 16, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to the media after briefing the Security Council on the U.N. chemical weapons report on the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Arabic Republic at the United Nations in New York September 16, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.N. report that confirmed the use of chemical weapons in an August 21 attack in Syria bolstered the U.S. argument that the Syrian government was responsible, the White House said on Monday.

President Barack Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, said in a statement that the technical evidence in the U.N. report, including that the sarin nerve agent was high-quality and that a particular rocket was used in the attack, was significant.

The conclusion, she said, "reinforces our assessment that these attacks were carried out by the Syrian regime, as only they had the capability to mount an attack in this manner."

(Reporting By Steve Holland; editing by Christopher Wilson)

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Comments (2)
KDK1 wrote:
Whatever. How do you start this after something like two weeks of telling everyone there’s no need to wait for the UN results because they couldn’t shed light on who actually fired the weapons even if they found conclusive evidence they contained Sarin.

This is stupid now. The government really must think the US public’s memory only goes back one news broadcast. they’d be comically yet tragically wrong there.

Sep 16, 2013 6:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Rich_F wrote:
how does this bolster the US argument? it doesn’t tell us anything new no one is disputing a gas attack the $64,000 still isn’t answered who is responsible for it? what we do know is the rebel factions have most definitely performed such at attack back in august and most likely another one meanwhile you have zero proof Assad did it.

Sep 16, 2013 8:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.