Trump promises 'forceful' action after chemical attack on civilians in Syria

  • Trump promises 'forceful' action after chemical attack on civilians in Syria

Trump promises 'forceful' action after chemical attack on civilians in Syria

"The ministry sent a formal invitation to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to send a team from its fact-finding mission to visit Douma and investigate claims linked to the alleged use of chemical weapons there", it said.

"Chemical weapons have once again been used on Syrian men, women and children", Haley said at Monday's meeting to discuss what appeared to be a chemical attack on Douma, the last rebel-held town in Syria, on Saturday that left 49 people dead and scores injured. Victims were foaming from the mouth and nose, some were twitching, others had abnormal pupils, and they emitted a powerful smell of chlorine, according to medical workers on the scene. "I am not like other administrations, where they say, 'We are going to do this in four weeks.' It doesn't work that way".

"We have advised the Russian ambassador in Canberra yesterday that we expect Russia to fulfil its responsibilities as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council to not shield the Syrian regime from an investigation into the use of chemical weapons which has killed a number of civilians".

Nebenzya earlier had used Russia's veto power in the council to block a us -drafted resolution that would have established an independent investigative body to determine who is behind alleged chemical attacks in Syria, which the council had approved by 12 to 2.

The Syrian regime and its ally Russian Federation have rejected claims of a chemical attack, with President Vladimir Putin warning against any "provocation and speculation on this matter".

A veto of the US draft by Russian Federation - a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - would be the 12th time Moscow has blocked action on Syria by the council during the country's seven-year-old conflict. The government of President Bashar Assad has denied using poison gas. Russian Federation vetoed a US-drafted resolution that was supported by 12 of the 15 security council members.

The third resolution related to the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria received only five votes in favor, failing to pass the threshold of nine.

Trump consulted, in person and by phone, with other world leaders, but there was no clear indication of whether he had decided whether or when to use military force to make good on his promise that those responsible for Saturday's suspected poison gas attack would "pay a price" for what he called a heinous violation of global law.

Moscow proposes an inspection of attack site Russian Federation said on Tuesday it will propose to the United Nations that worldwide inspectors visit the site of the suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma.

The reported show of force by the U.S. comes just days after a devastating chemical attack killed and injured dozens of Syrians in the city of Douma.

The U.S. delegation has been pushing for a response that slams Syria "in the strongest terms", U.S. diplomatic sources told the Associated Press.