The threat of United States military action against Syria remains "real", Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday a day after striking a deal with Russia to destroy Damascus's chemical weapons stockpile, according to Agence France Presse. Addressing reporters following a four-hour meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Kerry said, "The threat of force remains, the threat is real." He added, "We cannot have hollow words in the conduct of international affairs."
"Make no mistake, we have taken no options off the table," Kerry warned. "The fact of weapons of mass destruction having being used against the people of their own state -- these are crimes against humanity and they cannot be tolerated."