Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

PM on Syria: Use of chemical weapons can not go unchallenged

PM on Syria: Use of chemical weapons can not go unchallenged

Soon after the suspected gas attack, Trump said those responsible would pay a "big price".

Meanwhile, President Trump is weighing a possible military response.

His bellicose rhetoric suggested a blitz on the Assad regime was days if not hours away.

World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic tells VOA the agency can not verify reports of the use of toxic substances last Saturday in Douma because the World Health Organization has no direct access to the area.

US President Donald Trump has warned of imminent military action in Syria in response to the attack.

Mr Trump said on Twitter Russia should not be partners with "a Gas Killing Animal", seemingly referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. That strike was followed by an explicit warning from the secretary of defense not to do it again.

A spokesman for the Russian government, Dmitry Peskof, said USA missiles should target "terrorists" and not the "legitimate government" in Syria.

In response, Trump tweeted that America's relationship with Russian Federation "is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War". There is no reason for this. "Stop the arms race?"

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova hit Trump in a Facebook post: "Smart missiles should fly toward terrorists, not the legal government that has been fighting global terrorism for several years on its territory".

Bolivia, one of 10 non-permanent council members and a strong supporter of Russian Federation, requested the meeting to address "the recent escalation of rhetoric regarding Syria and the threat of the use of unilateral actions", according to the request sent Wednesday and seen by AFP.

Gold spikes after Trump warns Russian Federation to 'Get ready'
The fallout comes after the Russian ambassador to Lebanon said Russia would shoot down any U.S. missiles heading Syria's way. Trump did not take questions on these issues Wednesday as he signed an anti-online sex trafficking bill into law.

But, while his lieutenants continued to up the ante with threats and allegations, Russia's President Vladimir Putin adopted a more statesmanlike tone, in remarks to new ambassadors presenting their credentials at the Kremlin.

He claimed 41,213 people, including 3,354 rebels and 8,642 members of their families have left Douma with Russia's assistance.

In further tweets from the same period, Trump says: "If Obama attacks Syria and innocent civilians are hurt and killed, he and the United States will look very bad!"

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis took a more measured tone, saying the USA and its military coalition partners were still studying intelligence on the attack.

The OPCW said it would "shortly" deploy a fact-finding team to Douma for an investigation, but United States officials said they were working from their own information and would not necessarily hold back.

If they do attack chemical weapon installations, the question has to be asked why they haven't attacked there before.

Earlier this week the US Navy announced that a strike group headed by the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman was sailing for the region.

Korb said it was unlikely that Russian Federation would be able to counter the United States attacks.

But, didn't he just tweet about Russian Federation and Syria needing to get ready for some missiles headed their way?

Speaking in the British city of Birmingham on Wednesday, May said "all the indications" are that the Syrian regime was responsible for a chemical weapons attack in Douma, adding that the use of such weapons "cannot go unchallenged".

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