Kerry made the remarks after discussing Assad's recent gains on the ground with British Foreign Secretary William Hague. The comments come as the Obama administration has been unusually public this week about its ongoing discussions on whether to take extra streps such as arming vetted rebel groups, in an apparent bid to put pressure on the Assad regime to cease its offensive and participate constructively in a last-ditch peace talks scheduled for next month in Geneva.
“Clearly, the choice of weapons that he has engaged in across the board challenge anybody’s values and standards of human behavior,” Kerry said. “And we’re going to have to make judgments for ourselves about how we can help the opposition to be able to deal with that.”
The administration did take some action Wednesday, lifting sanctions on rebel-controlled parts of the country.