Syria warns U.S. military action would cause ‘ball of fire, inflame Mideast’

Syria warns U.S. military action would cause ‘ball of fire, inflame Mideast’

Syrian authorities warned the United States on Thursday against any military action over the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria‘s civil war, saying this would “create a ball of fire that will inflame the Middle East.”

U.S. President Barack Obama and top advisers are hashing out options for responding to the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria amid what Britain called “increasing signs” that the Syrian government was responsible for Wednesday’s nerve gas attack on civilians in a rebel-dominated area.

Secretary of State John Kerry called Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem early Thursday and told him that the Damascus government should have allowed a full United Nations inspection of an alleged gas attack should the regime really have nothing to hide.

Kerry called “to make clear that if, as they claimed, the Syrian regime has nothing to hide, it should have allowed immediate and unimpeded access to the site rather than continuing to attack the affected area to block access and destroy evidence,” a State Department official said.

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