President Obama warns "there will be consequences" if the regime of Bashar Al-Assad uses chemical weapons amid reports Syrian military forces were readying supplies of deadly nerve gas. President Barack Obama warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad not to use chemical weapons against opposition forces, saying there would be consequences if he were to do so.
"The world is watching," he said.
"The use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons there will be consequences and you will be held accountable," Mr Obama said in remarks to a gathering of nuclear proliferation experts.
The President's warning came as US officials claimed to have detected signs that Syrian forces were mixing the chemicals needed to produce sarin gas, a nerve agent banned under international rules of war.