Iran's Rouhani affirms support for Assad in call

"What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines".

The American strikes "aim at slowing the victories of the Syrian army and its allies and reinforcing terrorist groups", they said in a statement.

LONDON, United Kingdom -UK foreign Minister Boris Johnson has cancelled a planned visit to Moscow in the wake of the developments in Syria where the Syrian regime stands accused of carrying out a chemical weapons attack against its own population in the northwestern rebel-held city of Idlib, killing 89 people, including children last week. The US military said several Syrian air force jets were destroyed.

But he suggested that Trump was seeking a global political response for regime change from USA allies as well as Russian Federation, which he said needed to reconsider its support of Syria.

"We don't see a peaceful Syria with Assad in there", Haley said. The two leaders also called for an objective investigation into Khan Sheikhun.

The letter, in which Trump claims to have acted "in the vital national security and foreign policy interests of the United States, " repeats the same justification the president gave earlier this week, when speaking from his Mar-a-Lago resort.

"It's very hard to understand how a political solution could result from the continuation of the Assad regime", McMaster said.

But instead of regime change, what we should focus on is humanitarian relief ...

"And Secretary (of State Rex) Tillerson basically saying the same thing after kind of contradicting himself and then saying the same thing argues vigorously for a plan and a strategy", McCain added.

He also "raised eyebrows" on the Meet The Press set when called out Assad for flying bombing runs from the same air base the USA attacked hours earlier.

"It agreed to be the guarantor of the elimination of the chemical weapons, and why Russian Federation has not been able to achieve that is unclear to me", Tillerson said.

US Secretary of State Tillerson wille meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday, just days after the US fired cruise missiles at a Syrian air base in retaliation for the chemical attack.

The United States confounded the global community on Thursday night by ordering missile strikes on the Shayrat airfield in Western Syria as a response to last week's chemical attack in a town in the Idlib province of the country.

"We need to make it clear to Putin that the time to back Assad has gone", Johnson said on Monday. No personnel at the base uses gas masks, he said.

Why was Syria's Shayrat airbase bombed? So, Russia could be part of the solution.

British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon criticised Russia's support of Assad, describing the chemical attack as a war crime that happened "on their watch".

The ministry said it also showed once more that there was little to gain from talking to Britain, which it said had no real influence over world affairs.

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