Charlie Rose interview: What did Assad say?
Charlie Rose interviewed Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus. Assad told Charlie Rose that the US should "expect everything" in retaliation if the US launches a strike against Syria.
Syrian President Bashar Assad has warned there will be "repercussions" against any U.S. military strike launched in response to a chemical weapons attack in his country.
"You should expect everything," Assad said in an interview with Charlie Rose at CBS taped in Damascus. "Not necessarily from the government. It's not only the government ... in this region. You have different parties, you have different factions, you have different ideology."
Asked if he was making a threat of a direct military response to any such attack, Assad was vague, saying at one point, "I am not fortune teller to tell you what's going to happen."
President Barack Obama is seeking authorization from Congress to launch what the administration says would be a limited-scope attack against Syria in response to Assad's purported use of chemical weapons. Assad has denied it, and he argued in the interview broadcast Monday on CBS that Washington has presented no evidence to back up its allegations.
In London on Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry reasserted Washington's argument and said the evidence is sufficiently strong to be accepted as evidence in a court of law.