Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem speaks during a press conference with his Iranian counterpart following talks that aimed at ending the nearly two-year conflict in Syria on March 2, 2013 in the Iranian capital Tehran. Close Damascus ally Iran expects Bashar al-Assad to remain Syria's president until elections next year, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said. AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Syria's foreign minister says his country will defend itself using "all means available" in case of a U.S. 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 Tuesday amid growing international support for military action against Syria in response to what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said was "undeniable" evidence of a large-scale chemical attack likely launched by Damascus.
Al-Moallem challenged anyone accusing the Syrian regime of using chemical weapons to provide proof.