UN chief Ban calls Syria chemical weapons use a 'war crime'

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon told the UN Security Council on Monday that the use of chemical weapons in Syria is a "war crime", and demanded the threat of sanctions to back a plan to destroy the arms.

Mr Ban made the comments in closed consultations of the 15-nation Security Council at which he told how doctors found people dying in the street after a sarin gas attack near Damascus on Aug 21, diplomats at the meeting told AFP.