Nightly News   |  December 03, 2012

Obama warns Syria not to use chemical weapons

President Obama made clear to Syrian President Bashar Assad and those under his command that “the world is watching” and the use of chemical weapons would be “totally unacceptable.” If Syria does try to use those weapons, Obama added, there will be consequences. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports.

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>>> and we move overseas to the direct warning the president issued to syria , he put the assad regime on notice, do not use chemical weapons or there will be direct consequences. our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell has more with this story, good evening.

>> reporter: good evening, brian, the president and hillary clinton both issued strong warnings to syria today after u.s. intelligence picked up see signs that they may be using large stock piles of weapons.

>> i want to make it clear to assad and those under his command, the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable.

>> reporter: the administration is being deliberately vague about just what those consequences would be if syria tried to use the weapons. but the officials say the u.s. would definitely respond with military force . and that would be the first direct military u.s. engagement since the conflict began. on this issue, the u.s. says assad 's ally, russia, is working with assad saying if he uses chemical weapons he would have crossed the line with russia, as well. the point of today's message, make sure assad knows not to do it.

>> andrea mitchell , thank you.