An international military response against Syria will be supported by the German government, if it is confirmed that President Bashar Assad’s troops attacked opponents with chemical weapons.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said Monday that if U.N. inspectors confirm the use of chemical weapons, “it must be punished.”

Seibert says the government has “very clear evidence that this was a chemical weapons attack.” He says he won’t speculate on what kind of response might be needed but would not rule out the use of force.


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