May mulls Syria action despite cautious mood in UK

16 April, 2018, 02:10 | Author: Irene Delgado
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He said even if the investigative team verifies the use of chemical weapons, "we will not know who did it". Then Thursday he tweeted that an attack on Syria "could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

Speaking to reporters at the White House later in the day, Trump said a decision had not yet been made on a course of action.

"The position is a very unsafe one because of Russian involvement, also because we have an erratic president of the United States".

Britain's government weighed the possibility of military action against Syria on Thursday, agreeing the "need to take action" despite polls showing the public remains wary of military intervention.

After May met with her Cabinet, a spokesperson issued a statement saying it is highly likely that Syria's President Bashar Assad was responsible for Saturday's attack that killed dozens outside Damascus.

"We have not yet made any decision to launch military attacks into Syria", Mattis told lawmakers on the House Armed Services committee.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said France has proof that the Syrian government launched chlorine gas attacks and that France would not tolerate "regimes that think everything is permitted".

Addressing the Security Council, Haley laid out Washington's case for resorting to force, challenging Russia's claim that military action would be in violation of global law.

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"Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, however, indicated that evidence of what happened was still being studied".

Laurence Geai/SIPA/NewscomPresident Trump says there will be a "big price to pay" for the horrific chemical weapons attack reported in the rebel-held area of Eastern Ghouta, Syria.

By supporting Assad, Russia's actions are "prejudicial to our security" and will let the Islamic State group "re-establish itself" - something that "we believe we need to take action to defend", said Pierce.

Asked about the risks of USA military retaliation, Mattis cited two concerns, starting with avoiding civilian casualties. "We are not seeking escalation". More broadly, he doubted the wisdom of bombing. "We need to know where that's going, what the objective of it is before we take that act".

According to the sources, the specific response being considered in the event of USA military action against Syria is Japan's "support for the US resolve to fulfill its responsibility to prevent the use of chemical weapons".

The Russian ambassador, Vasily A. Nebenzya, accused the United States and its allies of reckless Middle East warmongering by threatening Syria with military force. Trump on Wednesday had warned Russian Federation to "get ready" for a missile attack on its ally Syria.

At the House hearing, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, disputed Trump's legal authority to act without congressional authority and suggested a USA strike would lead to war with Russian Federation.

"And, I would simply say to the Prime Minister: be very careful, because you do not have a majority in Parliament".

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