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U.S. to study French assessment on Syrian chemical weapons: spokesperson


08:10, June 07, 2013

WASHINGTON, June 6 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. government will carefully study the French assessment on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, said State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki on Thursday.

"I can confirm for you that we have received, of course, the information from the French," said Psaki at a briefing, referring to the conclusion announced by French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius on Tuesday that the fatal nerve agent sarin has been used against Syrian rebels during the country's long and bloody conflict.

"We will take a close look at this, just like we take a close look at any information that's provided, and we always recommend that any country provide information, as well, to the UN for their full investigation," she told reporters.

But Psaki stressed that the United States will not evaluate or litigate the information in public.

"We are still looking into finalizing the facts, looking into confirming the facts, and we don't want to get ahead of our confirmation of any of that," she said.

U.S. President Barack Obama had said evidence has pointed to the use of chemical weapons inside of Syria. He has called time and again the use of or failure to secure chemical weapons by the Syrian government a "red line" or "game changer" in his handling of the conflict in the Middle East country. But Obama has also made it clear that he needs more specific information about what has exactly happened there.

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