Bolton to Assad: Behave Yourself


U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton warned Syrian dictator Bashar Assad not to use chemical weapons after the U.S. exits Syria.

"There is absolutely no change in the US position against the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime and absolutely no change in our position that any use of chemical weapons would be met by a very strong response, as we’ve done twice before,” the Times of Israel reports him saying.

"So the regime, the Assad regime, should be under no illusions on that question," he added.

"As we elaborate how the withdrawal is going to occur and the circumstances, we don’t want the Assad regime to see what we do as representing any diminution in our opposition to the use of weapons of mass destruction," he reiterated.

He further warned Assad that if he fails to heed U.S. warnings “a lot of options would be on the table … if they don’t heed the lessons of those two strikes the next one will be more telling."

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