President Obama comments on decision to support Syria
Obama spoke at the press conference with South Korean President Park Geun-hye. The leaders discussed how each nation is helping "plan for a Syria without Bashar Assad" and how each is helping to strengthen the opposition.
Obama said it is in the U.S.'s best interest to ensure a post-Assad Syria does not create chaos for its neighbors and that the government body to-come be a stable one.
"That's why for the last two years we have been active in trying to ensure that Bashar Assad exits the stage and that we can begin a political transition process," Obama said. "That's the reason why we have invested so much in humanitarian aid. That's the reason why we are so invested in helping the opposition, why we've mobilized the international community, to isolate Syria. That's why we are now providing non-lethal assistance to the opposition. And that's why we're going to continue to do the work that we need to do."
Obama said due to U.S. interests in the region and his responsibility to keep the U.S. safe, he will continue to offer non-lethal aid to the opposition forces.
Obama said humanitarian aid to the region will be based on "hard-headed analysis in terms of what will actually make us safer and stabilize the region." He is set on ensuring the U.S. decision to support the opposition forces is based on facts, not perceived information.
Obama acknowledged the claim of alleged use of chemical weapons by Syrian opposition forces. He said the U.S. decision to support the region would be based on cold-hard fact.
"We want to make sure that we have the best analysis possible," Obama said. "We want to make sure that we are acting deliberately."