If Syria uses toxic gas again, US 'locked and loaded': UN envoy

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Another administration official laid out evidence on Saturday for the United States' conclusion that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government was behind the chemical weapons attack; that included eyewitness accounts of Syrian government helicopters circling the site of the attack on April 7 and high-resolution photos that "clearly" documented asphyxiation and foaming at the mouth.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday that the United States will place more sanctions on Russian Federation this week related to its support for Syria's chemical weapons program.

She said Russian Federation needs to feel the consequences of protecting the Assad regime. The Pentagon on Saturday said the strikes set the country's chemical weapons capability back "for years". The fact he was making this more normal and that Russian Federation was covering this up, all that has got to stop.

The Trump administration offered veiled threats on Saturday about future military action and mixed remarks about the degree to which it believed sarin was used by Syria's government, which denies it used chemical weapons. "I think everyone knows that we sent a strong message, and our hope is that they listen to it".

In a separate call, Trump thanked May for her support of the strikes.

Haley made clear the United States wont be pulling troops out of Syria right away, saying USA involvement there is not done.

It said three civilians were wounded in the Homs attacks but did not give a toll for Damascus or mention any combatant casualties.

She listed three main aims for the USA: ensuring that chemical weapons are not used in any way that pose a risk to U.S. interests, that Daesh is defeated and that there is a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing, speaking on Fox News.

"We will ensure they can work professionally, objectively, impartially and free of any pressure", he said.

"If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded..."

Only Russia, China and Bolivia voted in favor.

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One official cautioned, however, that USA intelligence assessments indicate Assad still has chemical weapons in Syria.

Trump's approach, he said, "is not about the balance of power in Syria". We convinced him to remain. The Pentagon said it gave no explicit warning.

"I urge all member states to show restraint in these unsafe circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate matters and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people", the UN Secretary General said.

"Iran, Bashar al-Assad and Russian Federation will remain in control".

Speaking on the BBC on April 15, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that the strikes were about saying "enough is enough" over what he called the "barbaric" use of chemical weapons. "The US - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries".

Good souls will not be humiliated, Assad tweeted while hundreds of Syrians gathered in Damascus, the capital, where they flashed victory signs and waved flags in scenes of defiance after the early morning barrage.

Dana White, the chief Pentagon spokesperson, backed Trump's comment during a briefing on the overnight bombing raid of the Syrian targets.

"Based on recent experience, we fully expect a significant disinformation campaign over the coming days by those who have aligned themselves with the Assad regime", said Mattis, adding that White and Lieutenant General Kenneth F. McKenzie would speak "in effort to maintain transparency and accuracy". She says the USA was confident that they had "significantly degraded his ability to use chemical weapons ever again".

The U.S. -led operation won broad Western support.

Bishara says the only way to stop the use of chemical weapons is by bringing an end to the war. "The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) visited here and didn't report anything wrong with this place". That makes degrading it through military strikes far more hard.

"Assad must know his inhumane actions will not be tolerated", said the senator.