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Iran's Rouhani condemns United States attack on Syria, chides Gulf Arabs

Serious, measured response to Assad's Syrian atrocities US, British Leaders Seek To Split Russia From Longtime Ally Syria
Eleena Tovar | 12 Abril, 2017, 13:36

U.S. President Donald Trump ordered cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base after he blamed Assad for the chemical attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them children, in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun. Still, Haley said the US didn't see a peaceful future Syria with Assad in power.

Trump administration officials on Sunday blamed Russian inaction for enabling a deadly poison gas attack against Syrian civilians last week as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson prepared to explain to Moscow a US retaliatory missile strike.

The Foreign Secretary announced on Saturday that he would not be going ahead with the planned visit to Moscow in the wake of the Syrian chemical weapons attack, saying "we deplore Russia's continued defence of the Assad regime".

U.S. Secretary State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow Tuesday with less ammunition than Washington and London had hoped he would have in his bid to convince Russian Federation to abandon Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May had agreed to press Russian Federation to distance itself from Assad following the chemical attack by imposing targeted sanctions, but Germany and Italy, both leading G-7 nations, disagreed. The attack came as a response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Idlib Governorate on April 4.

At a meeting at Lucca in Italy, the group said there must be an investigation into last week's chemical weapons attack before new measures can be adopted. Earlier, U.S. military officials had said they were looking into whether Russian Federation participated, possibly by using a drone to help eliminate evidence afterward.

"We've seen what that looks like, when you undertake a violent regime change in Libya, and the situation in Libya continues to be very chaotic", he said. But "we've got to go and make sure that we actually see a leader that will protect his people", she added.

Meanwhile, Russia's General Staff said the Syrian government is willing to let worldwide experts to examine its military base for signs of chemical weapons. And thought some Democrats have criticized her hawkishness toward Syria and Assad in the past, she also mentioned Trump's policy, saying, "We can not speak in one breath of protecting Syrian babies and in the next close American doors to them".

"They have displaced the United States, and their entire foreign policy under Putin is to recover the glory and the territory and the influence of the old Soviet Union one piece at a time and it does that by taking away from the United States", he said.