Hagel: US would only act on Syria with international community

August 26, 2013 14:54

JAKARTA - The United States would only take action on Syria in concert with the international community and within a legal framework in response to the alleged chemical weapons attacks in Damascus, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Monday.

Hagel, speaking to reporters on a trip to Indonesia, declined to discuss US military options under consideration by the White House, or to say whether he thought a military response was likely. A senior US official said Hagel intended to reach out to his British and French counterparts to discuss the situation in Syria.

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