US defence secretary Chuck Hagel
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US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel: Full BBC interview

28 August 2013 Last updated at 01:15 BST

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has told the BBC the US is "ready to go" if the decision comes for military action against Syria.

Mr Hagel said there was a range of options available to the US but that no action would be taken until more facts had been gathered on last week's alleged chemical attack in Damascus.

He also discussed the US pivot to the Pacific, China, cyber-security, North Korea, and more.

Watch his interview with the BBC's Jon Sopel in full.