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UN Security Council Refuses to Condemn US Attack on Syria

17 April 2018

But by Monday, the team had still not been granted safe passage, according to the United Kingdom envoy to the OPCW, Peter Wilson.

The White House is weighing new sanctions against Russian Federation "in the near future" over Moscow's support for Syria's suspected chemical attack on a Damascus suburb that activists claim killed at least 40 people.

Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Fayssal Mikdad said Monday his country was ready to facilitate the OPCW team in any way to carry out its mission, the state-run SANA news agency reported, while Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov did not respond directly to CNN's question on whether Russian Federation had blocked the experts.

The attacks struck at the heart of Syria's chemical weapons program, Washington said, in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack a week ago.

In an early-morning tweet, Mr Trump said the strike was "perfectly carried out", and criticised journalists for taking issue with his choice of words.

Britain's May will make a statement to parliament on Monday on her decision and will repeat her assertion that Assad's forces were highly likely responsible for the attack. But the ground reality in Syria is so complex that a sudden collapse of the regime would push the country and the millions who live in relative stability in regime-held territories into further misery.

The France-led initiative also demands that the Syrian government engage in peace talks "in good faith, constructively and without preconditions" and allows weapons inspectors into the country.

"Unfettered access [is] essential", a British statement said. This was at the very beginning after this information (of the attack) appeared.

Johnson added there was no proposal in place for further attacks, but if Assad's regime were to repeat chemical attacks "clearly, with allies, we would study what the options were". On Monday, he told the BBC's Hardtalk show that he guaranteed there had been no Russian tampering.

The scientific research facility in Barzeh, north of Damascus, was purported to be the centre of Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons programme.

Instead, they say foreign governments reacting this way now-only when chemicals were used sends Syrians President Bashar Al -Assad a clear message.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of global "chaos" on Sunday in a phone conversation with Iran's president as the two men discussed the US -led strike on Syria.

Mr Putin stressed "it will inevitably entail chaos in worldwide relations" if violations of the United Nations charter continue.

Questions are also being raised by opposition politicians in all three countries that took part in the air strikes.

The department says that the issue should be resolved by the United Nations Security Council and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

"The worldwide community will not allow chemical weapons to come back into our everyday life", she said.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, had said Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation that details of fresh economic sanctions would be announced on Monday. "They 100 percent met their objectives", she said on ABC's "This Week". So many people have expressed excitement, they're sitting on the edge of their seat waiting to see what happens next. In fact, Russian Federation may be doing just the opposite.

The OPCW itself had declared that the Syrian government's chemical weapons stockpile had been removed in 2014, only to confirm later that sarin was used in a 2017 attack in the northern town of Khan Sheikhun. "We convinced him to remain".

"The US mission has not changed".

UN Security Council Refuses to Condemn US Attack on Syria