U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday his government was “absolutely certain” the overwhelming majority of chemical attacks in Syria had been carried out by the regime, and was currently compiling evidence to back the claims.

Kerry said he was confident the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad was responsible for a “vast preponderance” of chemical attacks and that “everyone’s patience is wearing thin.”

He told reporters that he had spoken with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and said the United States was “engaged in a number of efforts, diplomatically and otherwise” on the matter.

During an unscheduled appearance during the State Department daily briefing, Kerry said the government was compiling evidence to support his claims. “I am absolutely certain, we are certain that the preponderance of those attacks have been carried out by the regime,” Kerry said, speaking via video from Boston. He added that some opposition groups might have had access to chemical materials and used them during the war, but stressed the alleged use of them by government forces.

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