UN Security Council Meets After Alleged Chemical Attack in Syria

"There, the Syrian authorities and Russian troops will provide conditions to travel to the area of the alleged incident for them to familiarize themselves with the situation", Nebenzia said, reminding the UNSC member-states' representatives that "that is what President Trump and other western leaders called upon us to undertake".

"Can not allow it", Trump told reporters on Monday during a Cabinet meeting as he warned that "nothing's off the table".

"If it's Russian Federation, if it's Syria, if it's Iran, if it's all of them together, we'll figure it out", he said. "And if he does it's going to be very tough, very tough". "Everybody's going to pay a price". "He will and everybody will".

Syrian regime forces have waged an assault since February 18 on Ghouta, that has killed more than 1 700 civilians and left Islamist rebels cornered in their last holdout of Douma, Ghouta's largest town.

Sullivan and Johnson agreed that based on reports in the media and from the ground, "this attack bore hallmarks of previous chemical weapons attacks by the Assad regime", the British foreign office said.

In response, President Trump ordered a missile attack on a Syrian air base.

The Russian military, which has a presence in Syria as a key Assad ally, said its officers had visited the weekend site in a suburb of Damascus, the Syrian capital, and found no evidence to back up reports of poison gas being used. Trump has said he'll make a decision on the US response within 24 to 48 hours.

Washington bombed a Syrian government air base past year over a toxic gas attack.

"We are making a decision as to what we do with respect to the disgusting attack that was made near Damascus, and it will be met forcefully, and when I'm not saying because I don't like to talk about timing". "You don't see things like that as bad as the news is around the world, you just don't see those images".

"We can't let that happen". We're talking about humanity.

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The Iran nuclear deal, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stringently opposed, has only added to Israel's concern, lifting sanctions against Iran while allowing it to develop ballistic missiles and continue nuclear research. "They're saying they're not", Trump said.

And he accused Britain, France and others of "blindly" following the USA line on Syria, using "slander, insults, hawkish rhetoric, blackmail, sanctions and threats to use force against a sovereign state".

Syria's state news agency SANA initially said the attack on the T4 air base was likely "an American aggression", but Pentagon spokesman Christopher Sherwood quickly denied the United States was behind the strike and the agency then dropped the accusation, blaming Israel instead.

In the meantime, US President Donald Trump in his Twitter account accused Putin, Russia and Iran responsible for the attack due to their backing of "Animal Assad".

"The President wants to bring our troops home after we complete the mission to eradicate ISIS in Syria".

Israel fears Iran could use Syria's territory to stage attacks on it.

Mattis said that the U.S.is "working with our allies and partners from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to Qatar and elsewhere, we are going to address this issue".

CBS News could not independently verify videos from the scene or confirm whether a chemical attack took place.

The UNSC President, Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations, said that he expects the countries' delegations to continue to work on the draft for the rest of Monday and on Tuesday, describing the situation as "very hard".

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