New push in UN to end Syria's chemical weapons following strikes

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With the latest USA missile strikes, President Donald Trump appears to have reset America's red line for military intervention in Syria over the use of chemical weapons.

Haley also said the United States would not pull its troops out of Syria before three goals have been accomplished: defeating Islamic State militants, ensuring chemical weapons will not be used and maintaining the ability to watch Iran.

Trump's action drew immediate support from Sen.

The Syrian government has to declare the entire stockpile of chemical weapons in order to resume the political dialogue in Geneva, US State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

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"So if you are initiating war against a sovereign nation like Syria that hadn't declared war on United States, it's only Congress that can do it. President Trump is not a king".

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Syrian ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari said the US, UK and France had undermined global peace and security, and asked the Secretariat to distribute copies of the UN Charter to the three nations in order to "enlighten themselves, and awaken themselves from their ignorance and tyranny".

"We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will", Haley said.

"A perfectly executed strike", Trump said on Twitter, even as top Pentagon officials said they still were assessing the damage.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the missile strike against Syria's military and civilian infrastructures was carried out by United States warplanes and naval ships in cooperation with the British and French air forces between 03:42 and 05:10 Moscow time on Saturday.

Syrian authorities claim that more than 100 missiles were shot down by their air defense system.

Long range tomahawk missiles were launched from a U.S Navy ship - striking two other chemical-related facilities early Saturday morning.

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Assad denies he has used chemical weapons, and the Trump administration has yet to present hard evidence of what it says precipitated the allied missiles attack: a chlorine gas attack on civilians in Douma on April 7.

McKenzie described one site, the Barzah Research and Development Center, near Damascus, as a "core" facility for Syria's chemical-weapons program. "Our warnings have been left unheard.We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences", Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said in a statement.

Bishara says the only way to stop the use of chemical weapons is by bringing an end to the war.

They circulated a joint draft resolution at the Security Council that also calls for unimpeded deliveries of humanitarian aid and enforcement of a ceasefire and demands that Syria engage in UN-led peace talks, according to the text obtained by AFP.

"Everyone is celebrating and declaring victory which is weird since so many Syrians have suffered over the years, and the bombings have just taken place", he said. Paris released a dossier that it said showed Damascus was to blame for the poison gas attack on Douma, the last town holding out in a rebel-held swathe of territory near Damascus that government forces have recaptured this year.

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