Iranian FM criticizes British counterpart over Syrian strike

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 17, 2018

The demonstrations broke out early Saturday following a wave of US, British and French military strikes to punish President Bashar Assad for suspected chemical attack against civilians. Iranian soldiers were among the casualties in this attack, according to reports.

The U.S. has said the strikes targeted a research center in greater Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility and another storage facility and command center, both in Homs.

The media reports were contrasted with denials of the attack by supporters of the Syrian government.

President Donald Trump, in a press conference on Friday evening, condemned Russian Federation and Iran for being complicit in the Assad regime's crimes against humanity.

On Saturday, the UN Security Council rejected a resolution put forward by Russian Federation condemning the strikes by the US, Britain, and France. "This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very awful regime", he added. The organization has previously determined that chemical weapons have been used in Syria.

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He said the strikes were a direct response to the attack on Douma.

"These are not the actions of a man", Trump said of last weekend's attack in a televised address from the White House Diplomatic Room.

"This morning, under American leadership, the United States, France, and the United Kingdom demonstrated that their commitment to the fight against chemical weapons is not limited to declarations", he went on. They concluded that the attack was consistent with previous attacks carried out by the regime and said no other groups had the means and capabilities to use sarin gas.

U.S. prosecutors accused Atilla, 47, a Turkish citizen, of conspiring with wealthy gold trader Reza Zarrab and others in using fraudulent gold and food transactions to help Iran evade sanctions.

The official's admissions to the New York Times represented the first time for an Israeli source to admit that Israel warplanes had struck an Iranian position in Syria.

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