State Department says evaluation of French chemical weapon evidence from Syria is ongoing

The U.S. investigation into the potential use of chemical weapons and recent evidence put forward by French journalists is ongoing, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks during her daily press briefing. Psaki responded to questions about the recent French determination that chemical weapons were indeed used in Syria. When asked if the French information was reviewed, Psaki said the investigation is ongoing and that the department will not evaluate or litigate it in public.

"I would not suggest that we will take one country's packet of information or evaluation and make an evaluation of that in public or make an - our own evaluation based solely on that," Psaki said. "There are a number of factors. Of course, we're working with our allies, including the French, to evaluate all the information. We're doing our own due diligence on this as well. We're encouraging the U.N. to continue their process. But I would not expect that there will be a public evaluation of information we received from the French or any other country."

When asked if the French information was not good enough for the U.S., Psaki said the information will be taken into account as part of an overall look into chemical weapon use.

"Not at all," Psaki said. "What I was suggesting - we take every country - every country's information that is provided and shared, just like I'm sure they take ours and evaluate that as a part of the overall look into CW use."