Haley says USA prepared to ramp up actions against Syria

But his call was wrapped in kind words about the Syrian president and condemnation of the US strikes carried out on a Syrian airbase on Friday, in retaliation for a chemical attack on civilians in a rebel-held area of Syria.

They said a drone belonging either to Russian Federation or Syria was seen hovering over the site of the chemical weapons attack Tuesday after it happened. "That changed last night".

Separately, in a letter to Congress, Mr Trump said: "The United States will take additional action, as necessary and appropriate, to further its important national interests".

Tuesday's chemical attack by the Bashar al-Assad regime was not the first in the six-year war.

"The onus is now on Russian Federation to pull Assad into line", Mr Turnbull said. We were fully justified in doing so. "So this makes us more afraid". Once that threat "has been reduced or eliminated, I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria", he told CBS' "Face the Nation".

"It is it is time now to focus on the political process", Rycroft echoed.

On Thursday evening, the USA hit a Syrian government airfield with 59 Tomahawk missiles in response to a chemical weapons attack Tuesday.

Syrian refugees who had been angered by the Trump administration's attempts to ban them from the U.S. found themselves suddenly torn in their feelings toward the USA president in the wake of airstrikes against the Bashar al-Assad regime. Assad is Putin's closest Mideast ally, and Russian Federation is making it plain that their relationship is as strong as ever. Meanwhile, Turkey - a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally - supports rebel groups against Assad but is allergic towards the Kurds whom the USA supports. Trump needs to present a plan and get Congressional approval to attack the Syrian government.

The council meeting was called by Bolivia, which branded the USA strikes a violation of worldwide law. "We continue to support diplomatic efforts with our worldwide partners to resolve the crisis in Syria". Nevertheless, Russia's Deputy U.N. ambassador Vladimir Safronkov warned that any negative consequences from the strikes would be on the "shoulders of those who initiated such a doubtful and tragic enterprise". "At least it is a message to Syria that their blood is not cheap".

Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman could not specify whether they were Syrian or Russian planes, but said they were Sukhoi jets, which both Damascus and its ally Moscow use.

Moscow has blamed the alleged incident Khan Sheikhun on gas leaking from a militant chemical weapons depot.

"We strongly condemn the illegitimate actions by the US".

The moral stain of the Assad regime could no longer go unanswered. Still, Haley said the USA didn't see a peaceful future Syria with Assad in power. "It was also a strong effort to save lives, by ensuring such acts never happen again". "Without Russia's seven vetoes in the Security Council, defying the views of other members of this council, Assad would now have faced sanctions and justice".

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said all parties must remember their "shared duty to uphold global standards of humanity".

"Mindful of the risk of escalation, I appeal for restraint to avoid any acts that could deepen the suffering of the Syrian people", he said in a statement.

  • Larry Hoffman