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As world waits, US weighs its options

The US moved closer to a military intervention in Syria with an official saying Sunday the Assad regime was too late to permit UN inspection of chemical weapon use.

world Updated: Aug 27, 2013 02:04 IST
Yashwant Raj

The US moved closer to a military intervention in Syria with an official saying Sunday the Assad regime was too late to permit UN inspection of chemical weapon use.

But a decision on the nature and size of the the intervention has not yet been made public, if a decision has already been made. The administration is said to be weighing many options.

“At this juncture, any belated decision by the regime to grant access to the UN team would be considered too late to be credible,” a US official said. President Barack Obama discussed “possible responses by the international community” in a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Francois Hollande on Sunday.

US officials have pointed to a UN route — through the Security Council — but have said it may not be the only one available, in a possible acknowledgement of Russian opposition.

A NATO response, as put together for the intervention in Libya in 2012, or in Bosnia by the Clinton administration in 1995, was the other possible route.