Assad cannot be part of Syria solution: German minister

US President Donald Trump makes a statement about Syria at the White House in Washington

US President Donald Trump makes a statement about Syria at the White House in Washington

US, French and British missiles destroyed suspected chemical weapons development and storage sites in Syria on Saturday in response to an alleged chemical attack in the town of Douma which killed at least 40 people. There will be more. I support tonight's worldwide military response, which demonstrates that there are consequences for using chemical weapons on innocent civilians.

Damascus sky lights up with service to air missile fire as the U.S. launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the Syrian capital Damascus, Syria, early Saturday. "We'll watch his actions".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said last week his country had sent experts to the site and found "no trace" of chemical weapons use.

United Nations Security Council-mandated inspectors have probed previous attacks and decided Bashar Assad's regime was responsible four times, MPs will be told.

British foreign minister Boris Johnson on Sunday said the Syrian war will inevitably continue after unprecedented Western strikes, which were limited to targeting the country's alleged chemical weapons facilities.

Haley, in her Fox News interview, also defended its use as a military term, rather than as a broader political statement. It was a message he repeated after the strikes to US President Donald Trump and the Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan. But the British delegation to the OPCW said Russian Federation and Syria had not yet allowed inspectors access to Douma.

"I think it is impossible to say at this point that the mission has been accomplished", he said on CNN's "State of the Union". But the ground reality in Syria is so complex that a sudden collapse of the regime would push the country and the millions who live in relative stability in regime-held territories into further misery.

Trump also tweeted and claimed the strike was "perfectly executed" and said "Mission Accomplished". Global relations analysts interpreted that as meaning Russian escalation or retaliation has been greatly reduced.

Asked about US-Russia relations, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said ties were "very strained" but that the US still hoped for a better relationship.

Stepping up the pressure on Assad, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said sanctions announced today would be aimed at sending a message to Russian Federation, which she said has blocked six attempts by the U.N. Security Council to make it easier to investigate the use of chemical weapons.

That red line has been crossed several times between the two chemical attacks in April 2017 and 2018 that triggered a USA military response.

The rally in Omayyad Square in Syria's capital Damascus was described on state TV as a "salute to the achievements of the Arab Syrian Army".

If President Assad was behind a chemical attack, Wauquiez said, he should answer to the International Criminal Court.

"They are hard for us, but will do more damage to the U.S. and Europe", RIA quoted Serebrennikov as saying. But late Saturday, senior administration officials called the evidence "incontrovertible".

Syria condemned the attack as a "flagrant violation of the worldwide law", according to Syria's official SANA news agency.

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