Published: Mon, April 17, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

US berates Syria at OPCW meeting on Syria chemical attack

US berates Syria at OPCW meeting on Syria chemical attack

"Today's chemical attack in Syria against innocent people, including women and children, is reprehensible and can not be ignored by the civilized world", Trump said.

"Syria's military had given up all its chemical weapons in 2013 after an agreement made at the time, and would not have used them anyway", Mr Assad told AFP.

Lavrov called on the US not to repeat the airstrikes, which he said were part of efforts to oust Assad that won't succeed.

"Our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand-in-glove with the terrorists", he said. "They fabricated the whole story".

Since late 2012, there have been some 64 alleged attacks, employing various toxic chemicals, ranging from chlorine to sarin gas. Russian Federation has never publicly acknowledged any such attacks by Assad's forces and has tried for the past 18 months to help him expand his authority in Syria. Use of cruise missiles today can lead to air strikes tomorrow to the deployment of special forces to finally the use of conventional forces in a war for control of the region.

American officials had no prior knowledge that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was going to unleash the sarin gas that killed at least 87 people, the report said.

But in his latest interview, Assad insisted it was "not clear" whether an attack on Khan Sheikhoun had even happened. "How do you know that?" he said. On that, Jonah Goldberg: "I think it is fair to say at this point that the Trump as Putin puppet storyline is officially dead".

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On Wednesday, the UN Security Council failed to pass a resolution condemning the recent chemical weapons attack. President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday trust had eroded between the two countries under President Donald Trump, as Moscow delivered an unusually hostile reception to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a face-off over Syria.Britain's U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told the Security Council that samples taken from the site of the gas attack, in a rebel-held area of northern Syria, have tested positive for the nerve gas sarin.

Syria denied any use of chemical weapons and Russian Federation backed its claim. The neon sign was the paragraph that required Syria to submit flight plans and flight logs filed on April 4, 2017; names of all individuals in command of any helicopter squadrons; and to provide access to relevant air bases from which attacks involving chemicals as weapons may have been launched.

For Trump, the crises have come quicker and the learning curve has been faster.

Other world powers have also condemned Assad for the April 4 attack - although Syrian ally Russian Federation continues to maintain there is insufficient evidence Assad carried out the attack. "There was no order to make any attack, we don't have any chemical weapons, we gave up our arsenal a few years ago", he said.

"Things will work out fine between the United States of America and Russia", Trump nevertheless tweeted Thursday, as his top diplomat departed Moscow empty-handed after discussions with Putin and other Russian officials. Senator Bernie Sanders, (I, VT) said that while Syrian President Bashar Hafez al-Assad must go, it should be done unilaterally. And the US said Russian Federation and Iran should both get out of the region.

The problems of the Syrian Civil War will not be solved overnight, but preventing the use of chemical weapons in it is good for civilians there and for the long term goal of keeping the global consensus on the ban of chemical weapons strong.

He added that "morally" the Syrian government would never do this "because it's not acceptable". In Washington, Moscow and NY, the Trump administration publicly chastised Mr. Putin.

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