Separately, on Monday, with tensions high over the alleged chemical attack, Syria and Russian Federation accused Israel of deadly missile strikes on a Syrian regime air base. "Very tough", Trump said about whether Putin was responsible.
"By striking [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] and his Iranian allies just a day after Trump warned them of the price they would pay. He will. Everybody will".
The White House says the U.S.is not conducting any airstrikes in Syria. A Navy destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, was underway in the eastern Mediterranean after completing a port call in Cyprus. His statement comes nearly exactly a year after he fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase in response to a chemical weapons attack against civilians.
At a meeting on Monday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Washington would respond to the suspected weapons attack in Syria regardless of whether the Security Council acted or not.
U.S. President Donald Trump had warned there would be a "big price to pay" for the attack, and had vowed with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to react strongly. "To me there's not much of a doubt, but the generals will figure it out", Trump said. Trump has said he'll make a decision on the US response within 24 to 48 hours.
President Trump has called the suspected chlorine gas attack "barbaric", referencing images of sick, suffocating and dying children.
"We must not overlook Russian Federation and Iran's roles in enabling the Assad regime's murderous destruction", Haley said, adding: "Only a monster does this". Those at the meeting included Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley speaks during the United Nations Security Council meeting on threats to worldwide peace and security and the situation in the Middle East April 9, 2018 in NY. Last week, the president told his military advisors he wants to pull the US out of Syria within the next six months.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson spoke with the acting U.S. secretary of state and, according to London, they agreed that "this attack bore hallmarks of previous chemical weapons attacks by the Assad regime".
"There was no chemical weapons attack", Nebenzia told the U.N. Security Council. And the US warned Russian Federation of the attack in advance.
Trump said, however, that Washington was "getting more clarity" on who was responsible.
RED LINESThe Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitor, said at least 14 people were killed in Monday´s air strike on the T-4 base, including foreign fighters - a reference to Iranian-backed Shi´ite militia members, mostly from Iraq, Lebanon and Iran fighting alongside the Syrian army.
Russian Federation and Iran have given crucial military and diplomatic backing to Assad's government throughout Syria's seven-year conflict, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions.
Is it the responsibility of the United States to do something about the use of chemical weapons in Syria?
"I'd like to begin by condemning the heinous attack on innocent Syrians with banned chemical weapons", Trump said.
Haley also slammed the Security Council's failure to counter Syria normalizing the use of chemical weapons, saying: "The great evil of chemical weapons use that once unified the world in opposition is on the verge of becoming the new normal".
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