Trump pledges forceful action on Syria after dozens die in chemical attack

Trump pledges forceful action on Syria after dozens die in chemical attack

Trump pledges forceful action on Syria after dozens die in chemical attack

Ghassemi also tried addressing the current controversy in terms of recent gains by the Syrian military over opposition forces, stating, "While the Syrian army has the upper hand in the war against armed terrorists, it is not logical for them to use chemical weapons". It said Syria shot down five of them while the other three landed in the western part of the base.

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Lavrov also said that a strike on a Syrian airbase, that Damascus and Moscow have blamed on Israel, was a "very unsafe development".

"Without any grounds and without thinking about the consequences, the governments of the US, the United Kingdom, and France are pursuing a confrontational policy towards Russia and Syria and are pushing the others toward this", Nebenzya was quoted as saying by Russian state-run news agency TASS. A Joint Investigative Mechanism between the OPCW and the United Nations was set up by the Security Council for that objective.

August 21, 2013: In the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, more than 200 people are reportedly killed by poison gas.

In January, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Russian Federation of negligence for allowing its ally in Damascus to use chlorine gas against civilians in the rebel-held area.

"I want to get out", Trump said. The reports were hard to verify, though, because Syrian forces blocked off access to Douma, where it reportedly happened.

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"We are quick to condemn chemical weapons in the Security Council, but then Russian Federation prevents any action, vetoing five resolutions on this issue alone".

"On the eve of potential U.S. and French strikes against Assad in response to the Douma gas attack, it is likely the Israelis already had the intention to strike at the T-4 base, and timed their attack to maximise the destruction they could inflict on Iranian forces", he told AFP.

The U.N. Security Council is expected to convene Monday in NY for an emergency session on Syria.

"The United States is determined to see the monster who dropped chemical weapons on the Syrian people held to account", Haley said.

"The horrific chemical weapons attacks in Syria are further proof that there can not be a future for Syria under Bashar al-Assad".

Russian Federation rejected a new U.S. proposal at the United Nations on Monday to set up an investigation to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria. President Trump tweeted that "President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad", referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and that there was a "big price to pay".

Much of the commentary in Iranian media has focused on the hawkish John Bolton becoming President Donald Trump's national security adviser on April 9 and what this might mean in terms of possible United States military action against Syria.

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Moscow has said its experts have not found "any trace of chlorine or any other chemical substance used against civilians".

The airfield, known as T-4, was attacked in the past by Israeli Air Force jets after an Iranian drone violated Israeli airspace.

Amid the tough talk at the White House, the USA military appeared to be in position to carry out any attack order. Slightly a year ago the president had ordered dozens of cruise missiles to be fired at a Syrian air base.

It said this included breathing difficulties, bluish skin, mouth foaming, corneal burns and "the emission of chlorine-like odour".

On Saturday, Syrian doctors and rescue workers in Douma said that at least 40 people were killed in the apparent chemical attack.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, speaking to reporters earlier in the day at the Pentagon, placed some of the blame on Russian Federation, which he suggested had not done enough to uphold a 2013 agreement between the USA and Russian Federation that called for the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons program.

Robert Wood, U.S. ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament, says "Syria has neither the worldwide credibility nor any moral authority" to lead the forum, "given what they have done to their own people with use of chemical weapons".

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