|Fighting talk from Syria amid US saber rattling, UK sets Thursday debate on response
Syria's foreign minister said his country will defend itself using “all means available'' in case of a US strike.
Walid al-Moallem says Syria has two choices, either to surrender or fight back, and it will choose the latter.
He declined to elaborate or say to what specific means he was referring.
Al-Moallem spoke at a press conference in the Syrian capital today.
The US and Britain support military action against Syria in response to what US Secretary of State John Kerry said was “undeniable'' evidence of a large-scale chemical attack likely launched by Damascus.
In London, British Prime Minister David Cameron said he would recall lawmakers from their summer break to debate Thursday the British response.
Cameron said in a Twitter post: “There'll be a clear Govt motion & vote on UK response to chemical weapons attacks.
Al-Moallem challenged anyone accusing the Syrian regime of using chemical weapons to provide proof.
Muallem said Syria had defenses that would "surprise'' the world, and that any such action against it would serve the interests of Israel and Al-Qaeda.
"Syria is not an easy case. We have defenses which will surprise others,'' he said.
"The war effort led by the United States and their allies will serve the interests of Israel and secondly Al-Nusra Front,'' an Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group in Syria, said Muallem.
He challenged Western states to present evidence that Syria had used chemical weapons.
"We are hearing war drums around us. If they want to launch an attack against Syria, I think using the excuse of chemical weapons is not true at all. I challenge them to show what proof they have,'' Muallem said.
Cameron's office said earlier the UK is considering a "proportionate'' response.--Agencies