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Published: Sat, April 15, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Iran's Rouhani wants chemical attack in Syria investigated

Iran's Rouhani wants chemical attack in Syria investigated

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told a briefing in Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday that the missile attack, the first USA direct assault against the Syrian government since the Syria crisis began six years ago, was "decisive, justified and proportional".

Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a stern warning about the "inevitable negative consequences".

But Trudeau made clear he received new information from a credible source, telling reporters in Nova Scotia: "A trusted and reliable ally in the United States informed us that the Assad regime was responsible for these chemical attacks".

Two US Navy destroyers in the Mediterranean Sea fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Shayrat air base in western Homs province at about 04:40 Syrian time (01:40 GMT) on Friday.

In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official website April 7, 2017, an aerial view shows shelters for aircraft at a Syrian air base after it was hit by US strike in Syria.

"We are prepared to do more but we hope that will not be necessary", she said. Just last week, the Trump administration signaled the USA was no longer interested in trying to push Assad from power over his direction of a conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and led to the worst refugee crisis since World War II. "I think it is likely that Russian Federation did warn Syria".

Russia's own military facilities in Syria are equipped with S-400 anti-aircraft defense, which are nominally capable of repelling cruise missile attacks, as well as jets and drones.

US officials denied the communications link had been shut down.

In contrast, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn condemned what he said was a "unilateral military action without legal authorisation or independent verification" which risked intensifying the Syrian conflict. They confirmed it had been used to warn Russian Federation of the US missile strike in advance, and that it remained operational afterwards.

The designated objective of the S-400 in Syria is to protect the Russian facilities there, not all of Russia's allied facilities, which could explain the decision not to activate them.

"I'm disappointed in that response", said US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

An arm of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, meanwhile, issued a statement it said was on behalf of Russia, Iran and its allies, vowing to "reply with force" to any future aggression "in a variety of ways".

Moscow has promised to strengthen Syria's anti-aircraft defences.

One of Russia's navy frigates is reportedly on its way from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, equipped with cruise missiles, though where it will dock and how it will deter the US from further action, if at all, is also not clear.

The White House promised the U.S.is well positioned to build a consensus.

Russian Federation has reacted angrily at unilateral U.S. action, calling it an act of "aggression" that will have "negative consequences".

In Herbst's view, Russia's decision to predict a worsening of U.S. -Russia ties and halt the deconfliction agreement was "a foolish reaction" and possibly due to officials not expecting such a heavy-handed response from the U.S.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said earlier in the day that the US-UK-France-backed draft resolution on the chemical weapons in Syria is based on fake reports mosty from the White Helmets and the SOHR "which can not be called reliable".

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