Hagel says US military threat to Syria must be credible for diplomacy to succeed

September 10, 2013 17:50

WASHINGTON - The United States is hopeful a proposal for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons might avert the need for military strikes, but Washington must uphold that threat for any diplomatic option to succeed, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Tuesday.

"All of us are hopeful that this option might be a real solution to this crisis. Yet, we must be very clear-eyed and ensure that it's not a stalling tactic," Hagel told a congressional hearing.

"For this diplomatic option to have a chance of succeeding, the threat of a US military action - the credible, real threat of US military action - must continue."

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