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United States still 'locked and loaded' for new chemical attacks

United States still 'locked and loaded' for new chemical attacks

Syria and its ally, Russia, say the attack was fabricated to turn opinion against them.

Assad was determined "to butcher his way" to an overwhelming victory and only the Russians could pressure him to come to the negotiating table in Geneva, Johnson said.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the meeting confirmed that the United States and its allies "continue to put worldwide politics and diplomacy in the realm of myth-making - myths invented in London, Paris and Washington".

The three allies circulated a joint draft resolution at the Security Council that also calls for unimpeded deliveries of humanitarian aid, enforcing a ceasefire and demands that Syria engage in UN-led peace talks.

Putin called the military action a violation of the UN Charter and warned that if it continues, "it will inevitably entail chaos in worldwide relations", according to the statement.

He has made clear he wants to withdraw the roughly 2,000 US troops in Syria involved in the anti-Islamic State campaign.

And the Iranian leader called the strikes an "invasion" aimed at "emboldening defeated terrorists", according to the country's official IRNA news agency. "The United States and our allies must continue to seek ways to hold Assad's enablers accountable", Ryan said.

"In the USA administration there are specific people who it is possible to talk with", said Ermakov, head of the ministry's department for non-proliferation and arms control. I think everyone is going to feel it at this point.

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Nasrallah said there is no chemical program in Syria, and he likened the attacks in Syria to the West's concern over Iran's nuclear program.

The strikes suggest that Trump may have reset America's red line for military intervention in Syria over the use of chemical weapons. When pressed, however, he acknowledged that some unspecified portion of Assad's chemical arms infrastructure was not targeted.

USA and allied strikes against Syria took out targets with materiel that could have been used to produce chemical weapons such as sarin, a senior U.S. official says.

She said: "We can not stand by and let Russian Federation trash every worldwide norm and allow use of chemical weapons to go unanswered".

The measure would instruct the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to report within 30 days on whether Syria has fully disclosed its chemical weapons stockpile. Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad met with members of the watchdog group in their Damascus hotel Sunday.

"They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use".

Douma was the last rebel holdout in the eastern Ghouta suburbs, the target of a government offensive in February and March that killed hundreds and displaced tens of thousands.