Trump Vows Quick Action in Response to Suspected Chemical Attack in Syria

Sophie Adams April 2018

Trump Vows Quick Action in Response to Suspected Chemical Attack in Syria

The US draft condemned the suspected attack by the Assad regime in Douma, demanded immediate access for humanitarian workers to the region and called for an inquiry.

The United Nations is working to verify the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, and says it is keeping a close eye on the situation.

Asked whether France would take military action, Macron said his country will continue discussing technical and strategic information with USA and British allies and "in the coming days we will announce our decision".

Trump has repeatedly indicated he wants better relations with the Kremlin - and he faced criticism at home for congratulating Putin on his election to a new six-year term in a March vote that observers said gave Russians no real choice - but has criticized Russia and Putin himself over Moscow's support for Assad.

A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, France, Britain or the United States to pass.

Mark Wallace, editor of Conservative Party-supporting blog Conservative Home, argued on Tuesday that the United Kingdom parliament's decision not to take military action in 2013 had resulted in the latest chemical attack.

On Tuesday, President Trump cancelled a foreign trip to speak with other world leaders including Britain and France, about launching a military strike as early as the end of the week.

Amid the tough talk from the White House, the USA military appeared to be in position to carry out any attack order.

Trump said late Monday that the USA will respond "forcefully" to a suspected chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime over the weekend, after suggesting earlier that Russian President Vladimir Putin may share responsibility.

Since the start of the aerial bombardment campaign in February 18, the offensive has claimed more than 1,600 civilian lives, and has through a series of deals reached with rebel groups, internally displaced more than 45,000 people according to the United Nations.

Sophie Adams April 2018

It was not immediately clear whether the announcement by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons would delay or avert USA military action against Syria.

But The Times newspaper reports that the UK's Prime Minister Theresa May has urged Mr Trump to provide more evidence of the suspected chemical attack.

"Whenever we propose anything meaningful on Syria, Russia vetoes it". The diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of an announcement, said the USA asked for a midafternoon vote.

Russian Federation on Tuesday vetoed a US-drafted Security Council resolution on an investigation mechanism for chemical weapons use in Syria.

Prime Minister Theresa May has agreed with her American and French counterparts that the global community needs to respond after Syria denied being responsible for the chemical weapons attack.

He called the attack "atrocious" and said the US would respond "forcefully" within two days.

Trump met with top military advisers to discuss a response to the most recent Syrian attack, telling reporters that "nothing is off the table".

As permanent members of the council, Russian Federation and the U.S. vetoed each other's proposals to set up independent investigations.

The attack in Douma occurred late on Saturday amid a resumed offensive by Syrian government forces after the collapse of a truce with the Army of Islam rebel group.

"We are not in a position at this point to independently verify the allegations, but obviously any allegation of continued use of chemical weapons is extremely, extremely troubling". He's often said he doesn't like to broadcast in advance what he would do, in terms of military strikes.

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