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Kerry: ‘Must be accountability’ for chemical weapons use in Syria

NBC NewsU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said chemical weapons were used in Syria and that President Barack Obama will be “making an informed decision about how to respond.”

In a speech delivered on Monday, Kerry said President Barack Obama believes “there must be accountability” and that the administration is consulting with members of Congress. 

He spoke hours after a United Nations team investigating claims of a poison-gas attack in a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital collected blood samples and interviewed survivors despite being temporarily turned back by sniper fire.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said the team had completed its first day of inspection as he chided the regime and opposition forces to ensure “the safety and security of the investigation teams.”

The six-car convoy carrying the team was initially thwarted and forced to return to a government checkpoint after being “deliberately” targeted while driving in the capital.

Photo: U.N. chemical weapons experts visit a Syrian hospital where people are treated after an apparent gas attack. (Abo Alnour Alhaj / Reuters)

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