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Assad warns of retaliation for US strike on Syria

Sep 9th, 2013 - International News

— Syrian President Bashar Assad is warning there will be retaliation against the U. S. for any military strike launched in response to a chemical weapons attack.

In an interview broadcast Monday on CBS' "This Morning," Assad says, "You should expect everything."

Asked by interviewer Charlie Rose to elaborate, Assad says, "You should expect everything. Not necessarily from the government." He said the U.S. would "pay the price if you are not wise with dealing with terrorists."

President Barack Obama is seeking an authorization from Congress to punish Assad for an Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack that the administration maintains Assad ordered.

Assad denied that, saying his soldiers were "in another area" at the time. Asked about the case the U.S. is arguing, Assad said, "nothing has been presented."

— Secretary of State John Kerry maintains the U.S. has compelling evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime used chemical weapons against his own people.

In his interview with CBS newsman Charlie Rose, Assad had called the U.S. accusations a "big lie," saying Kerry is not making the evidence public because it doesn't exist.

But at a news conference in London, Kerry insisted that he would be confident to take evidence gathered by U.S. intelligence into any courtroom.

Kerry says Assad could resolve the crisis simply by turning over "every single bit" of his weapons stock to the international community within a week.

— Russia and Syria are standing shoulder to shoulder today against a U.S. drive for punitive attacks over the Syrian regime's alleged use of chemical weapons. The foreign ministers of both countries say United Nations inspectors should come back to Syria to continue their probe into the use of chemical weapons, and they again warned Washington against launching an attack.

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