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White House: Question No Longer If Assad Used Chemical Weapons, Question Is The Response

The White House prepares for a response to the Assad regime.

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday the question of use of weapons of mass destruction by the Syrian regime was no longer being discussed. Carney said White House "deliberations" had moved to what the appropriate response would be.

"The deliberations that are taking place now and the options that are being considered by the president and his national security team are not around the question of whether chemical weapons were used in Syria on a significant scale causing mass death and injury to innocent civilians, to woman and children," Carney said. "It is not around the question of whether the Syrian regime is responsible, it is around the question of what is the appropriate response to this clear violation of international norms."

Carney also said more information about the attack would be provided in the coming days.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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