U.K. urges Assad regime to let U.N. chemical investigators into Syria

U.K. Foreign Minister David Hague urged Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime on Thursday to allow the U.N. chemical weapon investigation team to have unlimited access to Syria.

Hague made the statement after hearing new reports alleging the use of chemical weapons by Assad's regime.

"New reports have emerged of further chemical weapons use by the regime in Syria," Hague said. "The Assad regime continues to refuse access to the country to U.N. investigators. This makes it difficult to corroborate these reports, and confirms that this is a regime determined to conceal the truth about what is happening in the country."

Hague said the U.K. has limited but credible evidence from multiple sources that chemical weapons were used in Syria. He said the U.K. briefed its allies and partners, as well as the U.N., about the evidence and that it is actively working to find more information on the matter.

"The use of chemical weapons is a war crime," Hague said. "Those who order the use of chemical weapons, and those who use them, should be in no doubt that we will work in every way we can to hold them to account. As an urgent first step, we will work with our partners to increase the pressure on the regime to allow unrestricted access for the U.N. team to investigate on the ground in Syria."