“Given the escalation of violence in Syria… we remain very concerned about these weapons,” the spokesman added.
Vietor also stated that the United States is “actively consulting” Syria’s neighbors about the security of those weapons.
The White House spokesman made the remarks after a Syrian military defector claimed Damascus “has started moving its chemical stockpile and redistributing it to prepare for its use.”
The new remarks by the US official are believed to be the first attempts at orchestrating an Iraq-like scenario against Syria.
The anti-Syria Western regimes have been calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.
President Assad told the German ARD television channel in an interview on July 5 that the United States is “part of the conflict” in the Arab country and that “they offer the umbrella and political support to those gangs to… destabilize Syria.”
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.