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Evidence Suggests Nerve Gas Used in Syria Attack — WashPost

Evidence Suggests Nerve Gas Used in Syria Attack — WashPost

"It reveals the capacity and the will to use weapons which are outlawed by worldwide law", he said.

On Tuesday, the White House announced that the president was canceling his trip to South America this week in order to oversee the United States response in Syria.

The 15-member council is due to vote on a US -drafted resolution that would establish a new inquiry to lay blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The move is apparently aimed at averting military action by the USA and other countries.

Earlier in the week, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said there was no threat of the situation in Syria spiraling into US-Russian hostilities. "We can not allow atrocities like that".

President Donald Trump plans to send Vice President Mike Pence to an upcoming summit in South America the president has made a decision to skip.

"At the president's request, the Vice President will travel in his stead", White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

Alexey Malashenko, a specialist in the Syria conflict, said Washington and Moscow were more likely to remain engaged in a war of words. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal discussions.

Boris Johnson, the United Kingdom foreign secretary, has said that "a full range of options should be on the table" for the worldwide community in response to the attack.

Last year, the USA carried out airstrikes against an airfield outside Homs after the Syrian regime was found to use chemical weapons. A Navy destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, got underway in the eastern Mediterranean on Monday after completing a port call in Cyprus.

Relations between Russian Federation and the USA have taken a nosedive in recent years over the Syria conflict as well as Moscow's annexation of Crimea, accusations of interference in the 2016 United States election and most recently a spy poisoning in the UK.

Trump had been scheduled to depart Friday for Peru before traveling to Colombia. The Navy does not now have a carrier in the Persian Gulf.

The strike on one of the last rebel-held areas around the Syrian capital of Damascus reportedly killed at least 40 people, including a number of women and children.

Trump, asked whether Russian President Vladimir Putin bore any responsibility, responded, "He may, yeah, he may. He will. Everybody will".

It comes as Russian Federation used its veto power at the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday to prevent an investigation into the attack by Bashar al-Assad's regime on Douma, a besieged town in eastern Ghouta, that killed up to 80 people and injured hundreds more.

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".

And he warned that Britain would be helping al Qaida if it assists with a military campaign against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

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