Tillerson to press Russia on Syrian chemical weapons

Nick Mcbride
April 15, 2017

Trump's comments come as his administration had slammed Russia's support for Syrian leader President Bashar al-Assad and questioned the Kremlin's interference in elections in Montenegro. "It just - if you look at his actions, if you look at the situation, it's going to be hard to see a government that's peaceful and stable with Assad".

McMaster said "the president is determined to do everything he can to advance American interests" and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is scheduled to meet with Russian officials this week in Moscow.

"The U.S. missile attack against Syria is a clear and unforgivable act of aggression against a sovereign state and we strongly condemn this", KCNA quoted an unnamed spokesman for the North Korean foreign ministry as saying. United States officials have said that there is "no doubt" that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the attack.

Trump also said he had "absolutely no doubt" he did the right thing in ordering the cruise missile strike in response to the chemical weapons attack.

Despite raising tensions between the us and Russian Federation, the USA strikes against Syria gives Tillerson and the USA more leverage, showing they mean business if Assad continues to act inappropriately.

Striving to salvage ties amid a fierce dispute over Syria, the United States and Russian Federation on Wednesday agreed to work together on an global investigation of a Syrian chemical weapons attack last week that prompted retaliatory American missile strikes.

Earlier Wednesday, Russia's top diplomat accused the United States of carrying out an unlawful attack against Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces.

Both the Syrian government and opposition have asked for an independent investigation Safronkov said, "whereas the OPCW is doing nothing, for reasons unknown".

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"Right now we're not getting along with Russian Federation at all", Trump said flatly during a White House news conference.

The US did not know prior to the attack it was going to happen, the official emphasized.

National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster told "Fox News Sunday" that the president is taking "simultaneous action" in defeating ISIS and ending the 6-year-long civil war in Syria to oust the Assad regime, which has caused a humanitarian crisis.

"It agreed to be the guarantor of the elimination of the chemical weapons, and why Russian Federation has not been able to achieve that is unclear to me", Tillerson said.

"It's important that we keep our priorities straight", said Tillerson.

The US on Thursday 59 cruise missiles on a Syrian base from where the Washington asserted aircrafts were launched to drop chemical weapons on civilians in Syria's Idlib province earlier in the week.

The deadly sarin gas attack in Syria that killed 84 people changed the administration's mind.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called for the formation of an worldwide fact-finding committee to investigate the attack and make clear where the chemical weapons came from.

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