White House warns Syria's Assad against chemical attack

A warning from the White House to Syrian President Bashar Assad about another possible chemical weapons attack was also aimed at two of Assad's key backers, Russian Federation and Iran, the U.S ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday.

The accusation appeared to catch US military and diplomatic officials off guard, and it remains unclear if it was based on raw intelligence that President Donald Trump had chosen to declassify.

The U.S. government relayed that if indeed another chemical attack is done, he and his army will have to "pay a heavy price" for mass murder. Assad dismissed allegations of the chemical attack as "100% fabrication".

"The Syrian government can not be held accountable for the April 4 chemical attack in Idlib province "because, as you know, despite all Russia's demands, an unbiased worldwide investigation of the previous tragedy has not been carried out", he added".

"If that happens again, what I believe our president should do as commander-in-chief, there are six airfields that are operating in Syria for the Syrian Air Force and we should take all six of them down".

The White House warned that Syrian President Bashar Assad could be preparing for another chemical attack.

White House officials released a statement claiming that another chemical weapons attack would be the "mass murder of innocent children" and promised the dictator would "pay a heavy price".

"We are not going to say what we will or will not do, because then the enemy uses that against you", Gorka said. "We consider it unacceptable".

"Such threats to Syria's legitimate leaders are unacceptable", said Dimtry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied any intelligence had been unearthed which would indicate a imminent chemical attack by the Syrian regime.

Two events in the past month - the shooting down by a United States plane of a Syrian Su-22 and the use of ballistic missiles by Iran against ISIS targets - are evidence of a scramble in eastern Syria that's been gathering pace since the beginning of the year. There is growing friction between the United States and pro-Assad forces.

The air strike consisted in launching a chemical weapon with sarin gas.

The White House said the activities were similar to those made before a suspected chemical attack in April.

President Donald Trump has said he won't stand for Syria's use of chemical weapons.

If the US knows of an attack, it is not trying to "prevent it" but instead "shift the blame for it to the undesirable Syrian leader, which is a form of complicity in the crime", Kosachov was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti news agency.

The White House warning, the official said, was based on new reports of what was described as abnormal activity that might be associated with preparations for a chemical attack.

Mr Assad and Russian Federation have also denied involvement in April's attack. "In the last case (in April), it was", Fallon told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

While some worldwide players are focused on targeting ISIS, many are maneuvering to either prop up or depose Assad and his regime. But the U.S. priority has and continues to be to defeat ISIS.