U.S. says no chance of military solution to Syrian conflict

One of the reasons the U.S. is pushing for a political solution in Syria is because it is unlikely that either side will win on the battlefield, the State Department said on Monday.

Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson for the State Department, made the statement on Monday during a daily press briefing. When asked about the conflict in Syria, Harf said a political solution is needed, in part, because of the back and forth nature on the ground in the war-torn nation.

"The best, and we believe only, solution to this problem in Syria, to the crisis in Syria, is a political solution," Harf said. "Because we could go one side up, one side down; there's not going to be a military solution."

Harf said the longer Syria goes without a political solution, the more suffering the people of Syria will have to endure.

"The longer we go without a political solution, the more suffering the Syrian people endure, and that that's the reason we and the Foreign Minister from Russia and the U.N. and our other partners agree that we have to move as quickly as possible to a political solution, because every day that we don't, every day that we have ups and downs on the ground and fighting and attacks and violence, is another day that the Syrian people are suffering at the hands of the Assad regime," Harf said.

When asked why the Geneva peace conference for Syria was delayed from its original goal date of June, Harf said there are some outstanding issues to be resolved. She would not go into further detail about the remaining issues.