With unrest continuing in the streets of Syria, there are new concerns over the Assad government involving chemical weapons, specifically a deadly nerve gas, sarin.

FOX News Radio's Emily Wither reports from Jerusalem:

U.S. intelligence sources tell FOX News the chemicals are ready to go, but they haven't yet been loaded on to planes. The Syrian military has 60 days to use it and are awaiting for final orders from President Assad.

Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister won't even confirm they have chemical weapons but says:

(Faisal Mekdad)  "If we have them we shall not use them against our people."

Faisal Mekdad is accusing the U.S. and Europe of using warnings over chemical weapons to use as an excuse to lay the ground work for future military intervention.

In Jerusalem, Emily Wither, FOX News Radio.

The U.S. drawing a red line on Syria again today, warning them against using chemical weapons.

FOX News Radio's Jared Halpern reports from Washington: 

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta citing fresh concern Bashar al Assad's regime is preparing to use sarin gas, repeating earlier warnings the use of chemical weapons would cross a red line.

(Panetta) "There will be consequences if the Assad regime makes a terrible mistake by using these chemical weapons on their own people."

Panetta won't say what those consequences could be but a growing number of lawmakers suggest a military response would be appropriate.

In Washington, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.

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