United States questions Syria's role in disarmament forum

Apr 10, 2018, 19:23
United States questions Syria's role in disarmament forum

Trump took to Twitter Sunday to condemn the alleged attack and warned of serious consequences, writing in part: "President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. And if he does it's going to be very tough, very tough". "Everybody is going to pay a price. He will. Everybody will".

Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations says Moscow has warned the USA of "grave repercussions" if it carries out an attack against Syrian government forces over reports of a deadly gas attack.

Both Trump and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said "nothing is off the table".

Nebenzia, presenting Russia's case that rebels in Douma staged the event for their own ends, painted the incident and its fallout as part of a US-led effort to hurt Russian Federation with a "broad arsenal of methods", including slander, insults and "hawkish rhetoric". A Navy destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, was underway in the eastern Mediterranean after completing a port call in Cyprus.

In April past year, Trump launched a cruise missile strike against a Syrian air base after a previous chemical weapons attack United Nations monitors later pinned on Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Russian Federation has used its veto power 11 times at the council to block action targeting its Syrian ally. "The tone with which this is being done has gone beyond the threshold of what is acceptable, even during the Cold War".

Assad regime forces struck targets in Eastern Ghouta's Douma district on Saturday midnight, using a toxic gas which left at least 78 civilians dead, according to Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets. "To me there's not much of a doubt, but the generals will figure it out", Trump said. "It was an atrocious attack, it was disgusting".

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A limited US airstrike against Syria - similar to a year ago - is unlikely to hurt President Bashar Assad's growing strength in his country or change the course of the civil war, analysts said Monday.

The United States plans to call for a UN Security Council vote on Tuesday on a proposal for a new inquiry into responsibility for use of chemical weapons in Syria after reports of a poison gas attack on a rebel-held town, diplomats said. The U.N. chemical weapons watchdog has started an investigation. Monday was the first day on the job for Bolton, who has previously advocated military action against Syria.

Haley urged the council to take action, but warned that the United States was ready to respond, with or without the United Nations. "If we met him on the battlefield, his army would not do well...one of their biggest warships went to Syria with a tugboat in case it broke down".

Nick Heras, an analyst at the Centre for a New American Security, said Israel appeared to have seized on a moment of worldwide outrage over Douma to strike Syria.

Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan spoke by phone Monday with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. "Bashar Assad and his Russian and Iranian backers have heard him, and emboldened by American inaction, Assad has reportedly launched another chemical attack against innocent men, women and children, this time in Douma". The Assad government has denied the latest attack, backed by its allies, Russian Federation and Iran.

But here's the thing - activists on the ground have reported multiple chemical weapon attacks since those strikes previous year, including at least three suspected chlorine attacks around where this most recent attack took place in Douma.

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