Ruling bloc slams chemical attack

Kyodo

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and New Komeito chief Natsuo Yamaguchi agreed Wednesday that their ruling coalition will monitor decisions by the U.S. administration and Congress regarding a possible military strike on Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons.

During a meeting at the prime minister’s office, Abe, leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, and Yamaguchi also agreed that the use of chemical weapons cannot be tolerated under any circumstances, the same language Abe’s government has used to express its stance over the crisis in Syria.

The two also agreed it is necessary to extend humanitarian support for refugees fleeing Syria to such countries as Lebanon, Yamaguchi told reporters afterward.