White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday that the administration had no deadline for determining definitively whether Syria had used chemical weapons.

“What I won’t do is speculate about how much time might be required to gather the evidence necessary to be able to assess clearly, in a way that has been corroborated and reviewed, whether or not this red line has been crossed,” Carney said. “I think all Americans would hope and expect that on a matter this serious that we would be very careful in this process and insist that we gather all the facts.”

Carney added that he did not “think it’s possible” to set a timetable for the evaluation of the alleged Syrian chemical attack, noting that “it is not easy business.”

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