US hints at focused military strike on Syria - even without UN backing

US secretary of state John Kerry has said that any action the country takes on Syria will be "tailored and limited", strongly hinting that the US will go ahead with a focused military strike.

Kerry said that while the US and president Barack Obama respects the judgement of the United Nations, the current investigation will only confirm whether chemical weapons were used - not who used them - and therefore, "it cannot tell us anything we don't already know". He

Kerry acknowledged that the American people are "tired" of war. "But fatigue does not absolve us of our responsibility."

Emphasising the national interest in acting, Kerry said that inaction would damage the credibility and principles of the US.

This crime against conscience, this crime against humanity... this matters to us. And it matters to us, and leadership, and our credibility to the world.

He added that the "world is speaking out", including the Arab League, the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation, Turkey, Australia and France.

Here's the speech in full:

Source: SKYBESTNEWS, Youtube

Here's the US government report on Syria:

U.S. Government Assessment of the Syrian Government’s Use of Chemical Weapons