At a joint press conference in Brussels held Wednesday by US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Clinton said that the "burden has shifted" to those supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad to explain how they can permit the violence to continue.

Violence has continued virtually unabated for over a year in Syria between the government and Syrian rebels, with somewhat of a reduction in violence since a cease-fire was declared last week.

Clinton reemphasized a mantra of the US government that she would judge Syria going forward "by its actions, not its words."

The secretary of state continued to refrain from promising to provide arms to the Syrian opposition, but pointed out that the US has continued to provide them logistical support.

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