WASHINGTON — The Obama administration's top diplomat for the Middle East says the United States has warned Syria numerous times in recent weeks that transferring ballistic missiles to Lebanon's Hezbollah militia could lead to war in the region.
Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said Wednesday giving such weapons to Hezbollah would be "an incendiary, provocative action." He would not confirm reports that Syria has sent Scud missiles to Hezbollah, but he said the administration viewed the matter with the gravest concern.
Feltman told a congressional committee that Syria's leaders need to understand the risks of arming Hizbullah, which he said "could affect war and peace in the region." Israel, which regards Hizbullah as a major threat, has accused Syria of providing the group with Scuds.