By Brett Stolpestad
President Obama issued a warning to the Syrian government Monday about the possible deployment of chemical weapons, the New York Times reported.
President Obama's warning issued at the National Defense University came in response to intelligence reports from U.S. officials that described preparations of Damascus government to deploy chemical munitions, the Washington Post reported.
"Today I want to make it absolutely clear to Assad and those under his command: The world is watching," President Obama said.
Obama warned President Bashar al-Assad that "there will be consequences" if any of the stock-piled chemical munitions were used against the Syrian people, the Washington Post reported.
Obama's administration said it would take action against the Assad government if chemical weapons are used, including the possibility of using military force, the New York Times reported.
Rebel forces have made serious advancements in Syria, which has prompted questions of Assad's desperation and his consideration of using chemical weapons, the Washington Post reported.
U.S. officials are concerned with the preparations at chemical munitions sites but say it is still unclear wether the Assad government will move to the stage of deploying the weapons, the Washington Post reported.