Iran's Rouhani says Trump abetting Syria 'terrorists'

The attack prompted the United States to fire 59 cruise missiles into a Syrian air base from which it said the attack was launched.

The cruise missile strikes launched from United States ships in the Mediterranean have killed six Syrian troops and led to big material losses, according to the Syrian Army, which has described the attack as a "blatant act of aggression".

Donald Trump has said the United States was "representing the world" when it conducted air strikes on a Syrian military base.

Nikki Hadley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, told an emergency meeting of the Security Council that Washington had taken "a very measured step" with the air strikes but it was ready to go further if President Bashar al Assad used chemical weapons again. "Our military destroyed the airfield from which this week's chemical strike took place".

Tommy Vietor, former spokesman for the Obama National Security Council, sent out Trump's tweet demanding Obama get congressional approval. More charitably and for the sake of good-faith argument, we will chalk it up to the sudden weight that comes with the responsibility of being commander-in-chief of the world's most powerful military, and the chilling images of choking children.

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the world is waiting for the Russian government "to act responsibly in Syria" and "to reconsider its misplaced alliance with Bashar Assad". It was time to say "enough", but not only say it - it was time to act. Russian Federation pledged to ensure Assad eliminated his chemical weapons stockpile.

Tillerson also took a tough tone against Russian Federation, accusing Moscow of enabling Assad and allowing him to breach a 2013 deal between Russian Federation and the Obama administration to avoid military strikes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the strike as "act of aggression" and said it violated worldwide law. "We strongly condemn the illegitimate actions by the US".

Russia's deputy ambassador to the UN, Vladimir Safronkov, was quoted as saying: "It's not hard to imagine how much the spirits of these terrorists been raised".

In 2013, Mr Trump said on Twitter: "Stay out of Syria". In a particularly sharp attack against UK, Safronkov told Britain's United Nations envoy Matthew Rycroft to "stop putting unprofessional accusations" against Russian Federation. "These (accusations) are not diplomatic". The attack was not part of a more in-depth strategy or part of an effort to remove Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad. But the chemical weapons attack seemed to spur a rethink.

'Because all we are saying is that there should be condemnation of that chemical weapons attack, and secondly, that there should be a thorough and urgent worldwide investigation, and I don't think anybody could possibly, reasonably, oppose such a resolution'. Instead, the missile strike was a meaningless attempt to distract us from the real issue that's right in our backyards: Donald J. Trump.

In a speech broadcast on state television, Mr Rouhani said: "The man who is now in office in America claimed that he wanted to fight terrorism".

USA officials blame Moscow for propping up Assad.

"Let's think about the possible reasons for Russia's failure". "Or, it could be that the Assad regime is playing the Russians for fools, telling them that there are no chemical weapons, all the while stockpiling them on their bases".

Russian Federation has condemned U.S. missile strikes on an airbase at Shayrat as an act of "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of global law".

Boris Johnson has pulled out of a visit to Moscow in the wake of the Syrian chemical weapons attack.

"These events underscore my belief that there is no other way to solve the conflict than through a political solution", he said, calling on the parties to urgently renew their commitment to making progress in the Geneva (intra-Syrian talks).

UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said that the December 2016 Syrian ceasefire - brokered by Russia, Iran and Turkey - had faltered in the last two months amid a steady escalation of military activity.

The Pentagon said the base was used to store chemical weapons and that "every precaution" had been taken to avoid casualties.

Media captionSyria's deputy foreign minister said the air strikes "help terrorists and Islamic State" How does this change things between the USA and Russian Federation?

"At a minimum, the Russians failed to rein in the Syrian regime activity", a senior U.S. military official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

  • Leroy Wright