John Kerry

The top U.S. diplomat says there is no denying chemical weapons were used by the Syrian government.

FOX News Radio's Jared Halpern reports from Washington:

Secretary of State John Kerry calls the use of chemical weapons in Syria a moral obscenity.

(Kerry) "And despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured, it is undeniable."

And Kerry saying the regime of Bashar al-Assad has destroyed evidence ahead of the arrival of UN inspectors.

(Kerry) "That is not the behavior of a government that has nothing to hide."

White House Spokesman Jay Carney adding President Obama is weighing the appropriate response, but offers no timetable or specific options.

In Washington, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.

 

APTOPIX Mideast Syria

The White House weighing its options after the latest reports of chemical weapons use in Syria.

FOX News Radio's Mike Majchowitz reports from the White House:

Pressure is increasing on the administration to act on Syria particularly, with this latest report of chemical weapons use. A senior administration official says there is little doubt now that the regime did just use a chemical weapon. The President had previously said using chemical weapons would be a red line not to be crossed. Texas House Republican Mike McCaul doesn't want U.S. troops sent in but he says some action is needed.

(McCaul) "But if there is a way to surgically take out these chemical weapons stockpiles that would be in the best interest."

McCaul, Chair of the Homeland Security Committee, wants action taken to make sure those weapons don't end up being used against the U.S.

At the White House, Mike Majchrowitz, FOX News Radio.

 

 

Mideast Syria

Each side in Syria accusing the other of opening fire on UN inspectors as they headed to the scene of a suspected chemical weapons attack.

FOX News Radio's Emily Wither reports:

The team came under sniper fire as they crossed over into that suburb of Damascus where Wednesday's alleged chemical weapons attack took place. The inspectors have held meetings with doctors and taken samples from victims at a makeshift hospital there.

The U.S. says there's little doubt that Assad's regime was responsible -- but the Syrian President is calling the accusations politically motivated. If the attack is officially confirmed, a number of countries including Britain and France have indicated that military action may be taken.

Emily Wither, FOX News Radio.