Trump pledges swift U.S. response to Syria chemical attack

Trump pledges swift U.S. response to Syria chemical attack

Earlier he told his Cabinet at a White House meeting that the USA would figure out who was responsible for the attack, whether it was Syria, Russia, Iran or "all of them together".

The UN Security Council weighed whether to hold a vote Tuesday on a U.S. proposal to investigate chemical weapons attacks in Syria, setting up a clash with Russian Federation, which could decide to veto the measure, diplomats said.

"We cannot allow atrocities like that", he added.

Trump spoke to France's President Emmanuel Macron for the second time in two days over the alleged attacks, with the pair expressing a "desire for a firm response from the worldwide community to these new violations of the chemical weapons ban", according to the Elysee Palace.

Trump also discussed the incident with French President Emmanuel Macron late on Monday, and both leaders expressed a desire for a "firm response".

Following last year's use of the internationally-banned sarin nerve agent in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun, the Trump administration struck Syria's military with dozens of Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Trump is faced again with the choice of conducting a limited strike that might not even deter Assad from future chemical attacks or a wider response that risks drawing the USA deeper into a global conflict.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately apparent, but the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 13 people had been killed and another 80 wounded.

He highlighted what he said was the power of the United States to stop atrocities like the attack Saturday in rebel-held eastern Ghouta that killed at least 40 people.

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The estimates of how many people died in the suspected chemical attack range from 42 to more than 60 people, but medical groups say numbers could rise as rescue workers gain access to basements where hundreds of families had sought refuge from bombing.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons worldwide watchdog said it had opened an investigation to determine what exactly had happened in Douma.

The US-sponsored draft "condemns in the strongest terms the continued use of chemical weapons" and also stipulates that measures might be taken against Syria under the UN Charter Chapter 7, which paves the way for the use of force.

"We must not overlook Russian Federation and Iran's roles in enabling the Assad regime's murderous destruction", she said. He wrote on Twitter that "President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible" for their support of, in his words, "Animal Assad".

Diplomats said that the resolution would likely be vetoed by Syrian ally Russian Federation.

"The Syrian regime continues to perpetrate crimes against humanity in using these outlawed weapons", said Israel's foreign ministry. "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". "In this context, we are taking action with all means, over time".

The Syrian government and the Kremlin have denied involvement in the attack.

"We are beyond showing pictures of dead babies", said Ambassador Haley". "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". "Either way, the United States will respond".

But Iran's presence in Syria changed that tacit status quo, and Israel has carried out numerous strikes on the country in recent years.

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