Assad 'Must Bear Responsibility' for Chemical Attack: Freeland

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USA ambassador to the United Nations discusses US -led strikes on the Assad regime in retaliation for suspected chemical weapons attack, future of US policy toward Syria, Russia and Iran.

Freeland made the comments on the sidelines of a major global summit in Lima, Peru, which U.S. President Donald Trump skipped last minute to deal with the recent chemical-weapons attack in Syria, which culminated in the launch of U.S., British and French strikes against Syrian targets on Friday night.

"It turns out we're getting chemical weapons out of Syria without having initiated a strike", Obama told an audience in the Philippines four years ago.

"You will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down", she said, adding that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will announce the sanctions on "companies that were dealing with equipment related to [Syrian leader Bashar al-] Assad and chemical weapons used".

It is widely believed that the Syrian government was behind the attack, which left more than 40 people dead.


Trump, who on Friday joined France and Britain in ordering missile strikes against Syrian targets, has sent mixed signals on Syria.

The targets included a scientific research facility near Damascus, and two chemical weapons facilities outside the city of Homs, the United States military said, though reports said the buildings had been evacuated in recent days. "This very easily could happen in the United States if we're not smart and if we're not conscious of what's happening".

"They have been attacking and conspiring against Syria for eight years, but Syria is strong", one student said in Arabic.

Mrs May will repeat that the government is confident in its conclusion that Assad's regime was "highly likely" to have carried out the Douma attack and that "its persistent pattern of behaviour" meant that it was highly likely to continue using chemical weapons. "We can't control what a country does to its people".

US officials have accused Russian Federation of failing in its role as guarantor of a 2013 agreement to dismantle Syria's chemical-weapons stockpiles.


According to American officials, the operation involved three US destroyers, a French frigate and a USA submarine located in the Red Sea, the Gulf and the eastern Mediterranean.

"The American (military) knows well that going towards a wide confrontation and a big operation against the regime and the army and the allied forces in Syria could not end, and any such confrontation would inflame the entire region", Nasrallah said.

"The worldwide community will not allow chemical weapons to come back into our everyday life", she said.

Russian Federation has military forces, including air defenses, in several areas of Syria to support Assad in his long war against anti-government rebels. While the Russians continue to support these heinous war crimes, the Syrian regime continues to violate its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and the UN's Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Haley, in her Fox News interview, also defended its use as a military term, rather than as a broader political statement.


Mrs May spoke in Downing Street in the hours after the blitz and insisted the action was a limited and targeted strike to degrade and deter the Syrian government. "With respect to Syria, we struck a deal where we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out", Kerry stated during a July 2014 appearance on Meet the Press.

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