Sept. 9 - US Secretary of State John Kerry holds a news conference with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague on the situation in Syria. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to reporters Monday in London during a news conference with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague on the situation in Syria. Kerry and Hague both talked about the bond that exists between the two nations, regardless of the British parliament's decision not to support U.S. led military action in Syria. Kerry said he understands public trepidation about evidence that the U.S. says clearly implicates al-Assad's regime in the use of chemical weapons. SOUNDBITE (English) US SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYING: There's an instant reaction by a lot of people to say, whoa, here we go again, this is going to be Iraq, this is going to be Afghanistan, and I can understand that. I am very sympathtic to that feeling. If I weren't in the administration if i didn't have access to what I have, I'm sure I'd have the exact same reaction, I'd probably be very questioning of public people. That's why I'm standing up here today, that's why I went to the European community, that's why I'll be briefing congress together with other members of the administration, that's why the president will talk to the American people, because our responsibility is to share what we know, and to lead, and to try to bring people to a point where they can agree with us hopefully." Kerry will fly back to Washington DC after the news conference to brief members of the House and Senate later on Monday.