Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to US

Trevor Jackson
April 17, 2017

Lavrov said Assad's opponents had "in essence" given guarantees for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to visit the location where at least 87 people died, but the watchdog was refusing to send them.

With the West lashing out at the Syrian government of carrying out the alleged chemical attack in Syria's Idlib province on April, Trump has joined the chorus and blamed the current situation in Syria on Moscow's support of Assad and called the Syrian leader "an animal".

"It's stage one, the play [they staged] that we saw on social network and TVs, then propaganda and then stage two, the military attack", he said, questioning the authenticity of the video footage. "We don't know whether those dead children were killed in Khan Sheikhoun. Were they dead at all?" he said. CNN notes that Assad's assertion is contradicted by not just eyewitnesses, but independent analysts.

He insisted several times that his forces had turned over all chemical weapons stockpiles in 2013, under a deal brokered by Russian Federation to avoid threatened USA military action.

A weapons researcher who served in the Syrian military claims Syria's president Bashar al-Assad still possesses hundreds of tons of chemical weapons, the Telegraph reported Saturday.

A spokesman for the USA military coalition that operates bombing missions against the Islamic State in Syria denied the report.

But in a statement Thursday, the OPCW said its Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu told the meeting at the group's headquarters in The Hague that the preliminary assessment by OPCW experts investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons was "that this was a credible allegation".

China warns U.S., North Korea to cool growing tensions
Concern has grown since the US Navy fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield last week, in response to a deadly gas attack. In addition to flowers and fireworks, celebrations on or around April 15 are often used to show off North Korea's military might.


Assad's scenario was the Syrian government's second version of events in nine days.

"On April 4, the lifeless bodies of innocent victims, grotesquely contorted and twisted by the nerve agent sarin, tell the real story", Ward continued.

Assad said no proper investigation had been possible because the area was controlled by Nusra Front.

Lavrov said Moscow has asked Washington about the goal of the buildup and received assurances that the US troops were deployed there to cut supply lines between the Islamic State group factions in Syria and Iraq.

Russian Federation vetoed a United Nations resolution this week condemning the chemical weapons attack in Syria.

The President later seemed to strike a more conciliatory note and said he expected "things will work out fine" between the U.S. and Russian Federation.

The report noted that the USA would not release further intelligence, however, "due to the need to protect sources and methods".

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