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Two questions if I -- on Syria your answers in the opening round of questions for someone you know fashion.
You have told us.
It is a matter of -- -- You have told us.
You have no evidence to believe.
That it was any elements on the rubble that used chemical weapons -- -- that you are still looking into the allegations.
Greg what is it that prohibits you from telling us that you have no evidence.
That it was the government that use these weapons.
Because we're still looking into the reports of the use chemical weapons if that's so how can you -- so quickly target what's what -- going to at this time we have no evidence.
But to substantiate that charge and we are skeptical deeply of -- regime.
That might make that choice given that the regime has lost all credibility in the eyes of Syrian people and the world having said that.
We are obviously assessing.
The reports and without getting into it tell it intelligence.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- You would not seems to be betrayed any intelligence methods -- sources.
For you to tell us whether in fact you even know whether chemical weapons -- Again I appreciate the question and I can tell you -- it.
We are assessing the reports about the possible use of chemical weapons as well as the reports about.
The origins of the possible use of chemical weapons in -- here.
And I have no further assessment to provide you at this time about -- judgments on that I can tell you that were evaluating him.
And I can tell you obviously about our disposition towards the potential -- -- use -- But at this time we're simply as a matter.
Intelligence I can't anymore information about its -- -- making him repeatedly -- the -- today.
That the president has been clear on this movement.
That the use such weapons.
Would constitute a red line in the states.
But I wonder how clear the administration's position on this has been you quoted from the president's.
Remarks at the National War College in December.
In which he says that the use of chemical weapons -- and would be totally unacceptable.
But about three months prior to that from this very podium on August when -- The president said and I'm quoting now.
A red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.
So what is the -- of the president well I think -- many times.
And you're not -- often -- president is talking about that moving around in terms of the the proliferation which is a very seriously the proliferation by the regime to.
Potential proliferation of the regime to other.
Other actors in the region potentially of chemical -- so that's the it's a fair question but that is that was the distinction is making the utilization by the regime potentially -- chemical weapons.
Made very clear -- -- warnings how we would view that.
We also consider a red line.
Two other actors by the regime.
Or those things -- happened tonight.
Again I have no any of the reports today are about possible use chemical weapons we are making assessments about those reports I don't have any more information provided.
On those efforts.
And I can't get into intelligence matters from here but we are obviously.
Treating this is a serious.
Issue and and -- it according.
Also consider changing its policy toward -- this.
Is always the case we are evaluating our.
Assistance programs to both the Syrian people and Syrian opposition.
-- we have stepped up our assistance programs.
In both cases.
Substantial amounts of humans -- humanitarian assistance assistance has been provided by the United States and we'll continue to be provided by the United States to the Syrian people.
Systems has been and will continue to be provided to the Syrian opposition that assistance.
Remains non -- One with regards to the opposition but we are.
Our policies and programs of assistance.
To assess there effectiveness and to make judgments about what.
Would best help bring about the policy objectives that we have.
And that we share with the Syrian people as well as our international partners.
And and and that -- valuation.
Has been ongoing.
Prior to the reports today and I and I think I've answered questions about this similarly in the past when when when you you you and your colleagues -- -- About whether we're considering changing our approach on.
A -- vs nonlethal assistance for example and and -- make the point that our position is that we are providing only nonlethal assistance but we are obviously.
That aspect of systems as well as others.
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