Syria

US Plans Action If Syria Resorts to Chemical Weapons

No hints as to what that action might be

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reiterated a strong warning Monday to the Syrian government not to use its chemical weapons, but she would not comment on reports that there were indications of recent activity at sites believed to house those weapons, nor would she give any hints as to what action the U.S. might take if that "red line" was crossed.

Clinton discussed the nearly two-year crisis in Syria during a brief visit to the Czech capital of Prague, and specifically the threat of the isolated nation's chemical weapons. The Syrian government has denied even possessing chemical or biological weapons, but is believed to have significant stockpiles. The possibility that the Assad regime could use the weapons, or lose control of them, has been a cause of serious concern for the U.S. and other nations since Syria's Arab Spring uprising descended into civil war.