EU Backs Efforts to Prevent Chemical Attacks in Syria - Mogherini

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Since the launch of more than 100 missiles, a war of words has ensued.

France, the United States and Britain circulated a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council late on Saturday that aims to establish a new independent inquiry into who is to responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The Russia military claimed that Syria's air defenses shot down some of the missiles launched by Western forces. The U.S. says it suspects that sarin gas also was used. "In addition we expect our regional allies and partners to take greater responsibility both militarily and financially for securing the region". We are confident that all of our missiles reached their targets.

In a Sunday Telegraph opinion piece, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson reinforced U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's statement that the strikes were not about meant to drive regime change or interference in Syria's civil war.

Nikki Hayley, the USA envoy to the United Nations, told the Security Council its forces were ready, "locked and loaded", to mount further strikes if there were signs Mr Assad was again planning to use chemical weapons.

To no one's surprise, Trump's decision to risk World War III was met with approval by USA media and political elites who have been calling for blood ever since the reports of the chemical attack emerged last week.

"To be clear, the USA is also ready to take additional action in a sustained way to ensure that Syria understands that there will be a price to pay if they ever use chemical weapons again", he said from Peru.

That did not stop opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn of the Labour Party, however, of forgetting that she was "accountable to this parliament, not the whims of the United States president". He said that Parliament should have been consulted before the attacks occurred.

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The attack was aimed at taking out Syria's chemical weapons facilities, though the strikes were limited and reports have already suggested they may have had a minimal impact on Syria's capability.

Responding to Haley's remarks about the plans for new sanctions, Evgeny Serebrennikov, deputy head of the defence committee of Russia's upper house of parliament, said Moscow was ready for the penalties, according to RIA news agency. "We know that it is now up to Bashar al-Assad on whether he's going to use chemical weapons again".

Also Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the phone, and they agreed that the airstrike on Syria seriously damages the prospects for a political settlement in the country.

"It is in our national interest to prevent the further use of chemical weapons in Syria - and to uphold and defend the global consensus that these weapons should not be used".

President Trump on Monday overruled ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, delaying new sanctions against Russian Federation that she had announced only a day before.

A day after the U.S., Britain and France bombarded sites they said were linked to a chemical weapons program, Syrian President Bashar Assad appeared briefly on state TV, seemingly unfazed by the military action — and even reportedly in high spirits.

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