United States, U.N. chastise Syria over threat of chemical weapons

Recent comments by Syria about the country's threat to use chemical and biological weapons against foreign aggressors have drawn rebukes from the United States and around the world.

President Barack Obama warned Syrian leader Bashar al Assad that he would be held accountable if he used the deadly weapons. Ban Ki-moon, the secretary-general of the United Nations, also expressed concern about the threat, MWC News reports.

"It would be incomprehensible if anyone in Syria would use weapons of mass destruction," Ki-moon said, according to MWC News.

Syria made the statement during a Monday news conference in Damascus. Jihad Makdissi, the country's foreign ministry spokesman, said that the country would not use the weapons against rebels.

"Any stocks of WMD or any unconventional weapons that the Syrian Arab Republic possesses would never, would never be used against civilians or against the Syrian people during this crisis at any circumstances, no matter how the crisis would evolve, no matter how," Makdissi said, according to MWC News.

Makdissi was the first to confirm that Syria had chemical and biological weapons, though it had been previously speculated by weapons experts.

France, Britain and the European Union also released statements regarding the chemical weapons threat posed by Syria.

"The EU is seriously concerned about the potential use of chemical weapons in Syria," the ministers of the European Union said, according to MWC News.