U.S. says U.N. chemical weapons team should be given unrestricted access in Syria

Syria's decision to allow members of the U.N. chemical weapons team into the country is not the same as giving the team unfettered access, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Thursday during her daily press briefing. Psaki responded to a question about the recent agreement that would allow chemical weapons investigators to enter Syria. She emphasized that the team will not have full access to Syria to determine whether or not Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime used chemical weapons.

"We strongly agree with the U.N. that access for its investigating team should proceed without further delay and without any conditions," Psaki said. "For the last five months, the Syrian regime has denied the U.N. the unfettered access it has requested to conduct a credible investigation. If the Syrian government is truly impartial, and - it would not require these lengthy waits and allow them in. We, of course, support these efforts. We - this is - these are just conversations, as we understand it. And clearly, the important step here is allowing them unfettered access."

Psaki reiterated that the U.S. had no credible or corroborated access that the Syrian opposition used chemical weapons. She said the State Department has yet to review reports from Russia that alleged the rebels used sarin gas.