Syria crisis: Obama speaks to nation on chemical weapons


US President Barack Obama has held a televised address to the nation to explain US policy on Syria’s chemical weapons.

He said the Syrian government was clearly responsible for the use of chemical weapons that killed more than 1,000 people last month.

He said the US would work with Russia on its proposal to persuade Syria to destroy its chemical weapons stockpile.

But he said the US would maintain the threat of force should diplomacy fail.

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