White House Says It is 'Evaluating' New Sanctions Against Russia

White House Says It is 'Evaluating' New Sanctions Against Russia

White House Says It is 'Evaluating' New Sanctions Against Russia

Speaking to the BBC, Johnson said what he described as the successful strikes on three sites in Syria were a message from the world that enough was enough, but acknowledged he could not say whether Assad still had chemical weapons.

Russian Federation and Iran have called the action a "military crime" and "act of aggression".

In November, Russia used its veto three times to halt a previous UN-led inquiry that found Syrian forces had dropped sarin on the town of Khan Sheikhun in April a year ago. Their stated goal was to cripple Assad's purported chemical weapons facilities and stockpiles, but one of the targets they hit was reportedly a civilian facility that specialized in medicine.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that France wanted to launch a diplomatic initiative over Syria that would include Western powers, Russian Federation and Turkey. The Brookings Institution's Martin Indyk gave President Trump "three cheers" for "enforcing the line against Syrian chemical weapons use".

Assad denies he has used chemical weapons, and the USA has yet to present evidence of what it says led to the allied action: a chlorine gas attack on civilians in Douma on April 7 that killed more than 40 people.

In a show of support for Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to join the United States and France in attacking chemical weapons facilities in Syria on Saturday, her one-time political rival Johnson said it was the right thing to do.

ImageSat International released early Sunday morning satellite images that reveal the damage caused by the missiles launched in the Western attack on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons program.

"Trump failed in his aggression", said 51-year-old civil servant Mohammed Hammad. He said that Parliament should have been consulted before the attacks occurred.

There is after all, an worldwide body charged with investigating such cases: the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The US ambassador in Moscow, John Huntsman, said in a video, "Before we took action, the United States communicated with" Russia to "reduce the danger of any Russian or civilian casualties".

A senior Russian military official said on Saturday that Syria's air defences, which mostly consist of systems made in the Soviet Union, had intercepted 71 of the 105 American, British and French missiles.

Trump last week tweeted that United States relations with Russia were at their lowest point since the Cold War - and put the blame at the feet of special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into Russian election meddling and possible collusion with the president's campaign. In fact, General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were planned.

"We clearly need a war powers act in this country to transform a now broken convention into a legal obligation", the Labour leader said.

"Damascus came out more powerful and Bashar al-Assad is more than ever an Arab and worldwide leader", the pro-regime Al-Watan daily wrote.

Haley appeared on Fox News Sunday and CBS' Face the Nation.

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