The Washington Times - August 27, 2013, 12:18PM

As he ponders military action against Syria, President Obama spoke Tuesday to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper about the Syrian regime’s reported killing of civilians with chemical weapons.

The two leaders discussed their “grave concern” about the attack near Damascus on Aug. 21 that left more than 300 people dead, the White House said. The statement didn’t say whether Mr. Harper agrees with the need for a military response.

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“The United States and Canada strongly oppose the use of chemical weapons, and the president and prime minister pledged to continue to consult closely on potential responses by the international community,” the White House said.

Mr. Obama is weighing action such as missile strikes against military installations in Syria. The White House said any action would be only a response to the Aug. 21 attack, which it characterized as a violation of international norms.