Syria Denounces at UN Delivery of Chemical Weapons to Terrorists

Syria Denounces at UN Delivery of Chemical Weapons to Terrorists

"The likeliest option is exactly what we saw before - an airstrike that the president puts forward as a so-called tough response but doesn't do very much to degrade Assad's forces or to punish him for his ongoing use of chemical weapons", said Jonah Blank, an analyst at RAND Corp.

Reacting to comments by the US, Vassily Nebenzia, Haley's counterpart, had called the chemical attack allegations "fake news" and said Russian Federation was ready to fly weapons' inspectors to the site to see for themselves.

Speaking in the White House, Mr Trump said: "It was an atrocious attack, it was disgusting, you don't see things like that - as bad as the news is around the world, you just don't see those images".

A final decision on how to respond to the weekend's chemical attack in Syria had not yet been made when Trump issued his tweet, the White House said later on Wednesday.

"I've said repeatedly I wish Russian Federation were no worse than a friendly rival as opposed to an unfriendly adversary, and what they're doing around the world including Syria is not helpful", Johnson said.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the Security Council that adopting the US-drafted resolution was the least that member nations could do.

Trump had referred in a tweet to "Animal Assad" and criticised Russian Federation and Iran for backing the Syrian leader, directly naming Putin.

Syrian government forces had launched an air and ground assault on Douma, the last town held by rebels in eastern Ghouta, on Friday.

Doctors and witnesses have said victims showed symptoms of poisoning, possibly by a nerve agent, and reported the smell of chlorine gas.

The scale of the US's strike "depends on the risk appetite", Bronk said, as the U.S. will be "risking escalation directly with the Russians".

Syria accused Israel on Monday of carrying out overnight missile strikes on a major airfield, after earlier saying it suspected the United States of being behind the attack.

However, inspectors with the global chemical weapons watchdog will travel to Douma to investigate reports of a chemical attack.

After intense diplomatic activity on Sunday, the US, UK and France were among countries that called for the emergency United Nations meeting. Both stressed that the culprit still needed to be confirmed.

Trump said the USA was getting some "good clarity" on who was responsible for the incident in Douma on Saturday. A Navy destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, was underway in the eastern Mediterranean after completing a port call in Cyprus.

A year ago, Trump ordered an air strike on a Syrian air base after a chemical attack in the country.

"Military means will lead us nowhere". But he suggested that the chemical attack had crossed a red line and prompted Israel to take action to send a message to Syria and arch-enemy Iran. Then, striking a more conciliatory tone, he said: "There is no reason for this".

Trump was to meet late in the day with senior national security aides, and no action was "off the table", the president said.

The PM said the attack in Douma was part of a "troubling wider pattern of acts of aggression" and abuse of worldwide norms on the use of chemical weapons.

Oil hit its highest in more than three years on Wednesday after Saudi Arabia said it intercepted missiles over Riyadh and worldwide tensions about Syria grew.

The mission will aim to determine whether banned munitions were used but will not assign blame.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said in February that Britain should consider joining military action against Assad's regime if there is fresh "incontrovertible" evidence he has used chemical weapons against his own people.

"The state of the world can not but provoke concern", he said.

Last week he declared he wanted to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria as soon as possible.

Israel refused to comment on the allegations, the Times of Israel reported. "I think that it is outrageous to say that the president of the United States green-lit something as atrocious as the actions that have taken place over the last several days", she said.

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