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Tuesday, 21 August 2012 - 8:38
Obama warns Syria that chemical weapons use may spark US action.
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US President Barack Obama has said the use of chemical weapons by Syria would be a "red line" that would change his thinking on intervention in the crisis.

He said he had "at this point not ordered military engagement" but added that there would be enormous consequences if they start seeing movement on the chemical weapons front or the use of chemical weapons.

Earlier the new UN special envoy to Syria faced criticism for refusing to say whether President Assad must quit.

President Obama, speaking to reporters at a White House briefing, said the deployment or use of biological weapons would widen the conflict in the region.

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