The Syrian government on Wednesday said it would not cave in to a US-led military strike against the regime, even if it led to the third world war.
In an interview with Agence France Presse, Syria's deputy foreign minister Faisal Muqdad said his government had taken "every measure" to counter a potential western intervention aimed at punishing the Bashar Assad's regime over an alleged chemical weapons use, adding that the government is mobilising its allies.
"The Syrian government will not change position even if there is World War III. No Syrian can sacrifice the independence of his country," he said, according to AFP.
"Syria has taken every measure to retaliate against... an aggression," he added, refusing to provide any further details on what this might entail.
The minister said that the regime was mobilising its regional allies in anticipation of a strike, amid news that US President Barack Obama is seeking to obtain approval from Congress for the strike and the French parliament is debating the issue.
Washington says alleges the Assad regime used chemical agents against civilians in the Damascus suburbs on August 21, killing more than 1,400 people. The Syrian government categorically denies the claims.
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