Trump vows 'forceful' response after Syria attack

Trump vows 'forceful' response after Syria attack

But the Syrian regime and its backers in Moscow have denied a chemical attack took place, with Russian officials insisting the claims are a pretext to justify further intervention by the West.

The alleged chemical incident in Douma was only beneficial for the militants, Russia's permanent representative to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, said, urging his Western counterparts to explain why Damascus would decide to do so.

According to Haley, that draft was created to give Russian Federation a chance to approve the investigators who were chosen for the task and allow the Security Council to assess the findings of the investigation before any report was released. Trump had on Monday warned of a quick, forceful response once responsibility for the Syria attack was established.

Last week, the White House announced that the US military mission in Syria "is coming to a rapid end".

Jarrod Agen, Vice President Mike Pence's deputy chief of staff, described Pence as "honored to represent the United States" at the summit.

It also called on the mission to operate "in a full transparent manner and to rely on solid and credible evidence", the statement cited by state media added.

The president's decision to cancel his Latin America trip hints at a possible larger American military operation than a limited strike in Syria.

On Tuesday, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons announced their inspectors will travel to the rebel-held town of Douma, Syria to investigate reports of a chemical weapons attack that killed as a many as 60 people and injured hundreds.

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"We have reached the moment when the world must see justice done", she said.

The threat is a response to a reported chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Douma, which was held by the rebel forces.

It was the first direct United States military action against forces commanded by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Trump, asked at midday whether Russian President Vladimir Putin bore any responsibility for the weekend attack, responded: "He may, yeah, he may".

The Foreign Secretary said: "Hugely disappointing that Russian Federation vetoed the proposal at the United Nations for an independent investigation into Syrian chemical attacks".

Russian state news agency RIA Novosti quoted Andrei Krasov, deputy chairman of the State Duma's defence committee, as saying Russia would treat a U.S. airstrike on Syria "not just as an act of aggression but a war crime of the Western coalition".

A draft resolution requires nine votes to be adopted in the 15-member council and no veto from the five permanent members - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

Trump met his cabinet and then dined with top generals on Monday, telling reporters "we have a lot of options militarily and we'll be letting you know pretty soon... probably after the fact".

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