WMD situation in Iraq taught U.S. about importance of facts

The hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq taught the U.S. about the importance of determining facts prior to taking action, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.

Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks during her daily press briefing on Wednesday. Psaki responded to questions about the French government's assertion that it has no doubt the Syrian regime used sarin gas. When asked about a parallel she had made between Iraq and Syria, Psaki said the WMD search in Iraq made an impact on future U.S. actions.

"It has impacted our own commitment to determining the facts before we take further steps," Psaki said. "It was certainly a lesson for us. It is something that we have been reflective on. And we're doing everything possible to work with our allies, contribute to the U.N. investigation, and finalize the facts on the ground."

When asked if the U.S. had trust and confidence in the assertions of French authorities, Psaki said the U.S. is working with its partners to determine whether or not Syria used chemical weapons.

"As we've said, we have been providing relevant information to the United Nations," Psaki said. "We've been cooperating with our partners, including, of course, the French and other allies, about information that we all have. This is a report that we're not going to evaluate in public, but certainly we continue to focus on nailing down the facts, just as the President said just a few weeks ago."