Obama: Can't permit Syria chemical weapons use

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. will investigate Syria's potential chemical weapons use on its own

and with the United Nations. He says the world can't stand by and permit the use of chemical weapons.

Obama's remarks were his first since the

U.S. disclosed Thursday that intelligence agencies believe Syria has

used sarin gas.

That acknowledgement increased the pressure on the administration

to intervene in Syria's two-year civil war. Obama has previously

said chemical weapons use would cross a "red line" and prompt a

major U.S. response.

Obama spoke in the Oval Office before meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II.