US and Allies Seeking Sanctions on Syria as President Donald Trump met with his national security team to discuss a response to an apparent chemical attack by the country. The Cabinet of British Prime Minister Theresa May declared this "vital" to respond to the incident.
The timing of an action is uncertain. Before meeting his advisers on Thursday, Trump told reporters in the White House, "We're looking very, very serious, very specific in this whole situation, and we'll see what happens, people, we'll see what happens, it's a shame that the world puts us in such a position. "
In May, Mays Cabinet convened in an emergency meeting and then issued a statement stating that it" agrees to the need for action to alleviate the humanitarian emergency seize the continued use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime. "This indicates that May is ready to join Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron in launching military strikes against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Germany and Italy have stated that they will not participate in military action in Syria.
Tensions in the Middle East remained high as the Western powers debated their next steps. Oil contributed the biggest weekly advance in more than eight months, speculating that a conflict could lead to delivery disruptions, supporting Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s call for commodities. Futures have risen 7.8 percent this week in New York] Fact-Finding Mission
Chemical weapons ban experts are expected this weekend in Syria for an exploratory mission to Douma, where the alleged chemical attack on April 7 took place. Syria will allow the experts to go "wherever they want to go and at any time," UN Secretary-General Bashar Jaafari said in a statement in New York on Thursday, according to state news agency SANA.
He dismissed British politics as "part of the problem," adding, "We are not paying attention to what the British government might say because we already know that Britain is pushing for escalation."
Syria's state newspapers In an editorial, Al-Thawra compared Trump to a wrestler who one day threatens to enter the ring and then retires. "He does not seem to realize that he can burn in the flames of his desire for war and money," the Damascus-based newspaper wrote.
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Trump and May spoke on Thursday and "agreed that this was crucial the use of chemical weapons was not unchallenged, and the need to continue the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime "The hope is that they will achieve the outcome of the strike without doing so," Sami Nader said. "While the US is strengthening its military presence as well as exploring diplomatic channels, the hope is that they will achieve the outcome of the strike without doing so." , Head of the Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs in Beirut. "The result could be a return to talks about the withdrawal of Assad."
Earlier Thursday, Trump said on Twitter that a US attack on Assad's forces could come "very soon or not so soon". This tweet followed another Twitter post about 24 hours later, warning Russia to prepare for a rocket attack on its ally to punish Assad for the alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus, which could lead to an uncontrolled attack confrontation Between the two opponents of the Cold War
Defense Minister Jim Mattis said Thursday in front of the House Armed Services Committee that his biggest fear of a possible attack on Syria is that the conflict would get out of hand if I was made to do so. "Russian, Turkish and Iranian forces are working with Syrian forces against militant forces of the Islamic State and risking a conflagration if a US strike goes awry.
Mattis said the US is aiming to defeat Syria, the Islamic State, However, regarding the use of chemical weapons, Mattis said that "some things are simply unforgivable, beyond evil," and require a response.
President Vladimir Putin, Assad's ally, appealed to the common sense, and its spokesman said the Russian and American forces held contact via a telephone hotline.
"When these strikes begin, it could end very tragically It is impossible to predict the outcome ̵
With the threat of a military reaction in the air, Macron said there was evidence that Assad's government was using chemical weapons again. The allies are working to determine which response is "useful and efficient," Macron said in a television interview.
While German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the use of chemical weapons and cited "very strong evidence", the Syrian regime has re-sent them and the country has refused to participate in military action. At the same time, she made it clear that Germany would not stand in the way of an answer from her allies.
Germany should push for a special summit to formulate a common EU position on Syria and plans for a peace initiative Wolfgang Ischinger, chairman of the Munich Security Conference, said on Friday at Deutschlandfunk. Ischinger said the US and Russia "behave irresponsibly, it is alarming, but there is no reason to panic."
– With the support of Iain Rogers, Daniel Flatley, Gregory Viscusi, Henry Meyer, and Anthony Capaccio