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Published: Tue, April 11, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

U.S. threatens more pressure on Syria after missile strikes

U.S. threatens more pressure on Syria after missile strikes

After the talks, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that Trump and Xi have agreed to a new 100-day plan for trade talks that will boost U.S. exports and reduce the U.S. trade deficit with China, foreign media reported.

McMaster, Cornyn and Cardin spoke on "Fox News Sunday", Tillerson appeared on ABC's "This Week" and CBS' "Face the Nation", Haley and Graham were on NBC's "Meet the Press" and Haley also appeared on CNN's "State of the Union". "If you look at his actions, if you look at the situation, it's going to be hard to see a government that's peaceful and stable with Assad".

The United States is "playing the terrorism game", Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday during his first phone talks with his U.S. counterpart Rex Tillerson since the USA air strikes on Syria last week.

Mr Johnson had originally planned to fly out to Moscow at the end of March, but rescheduled the visit in order to attend a meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation counterparts, including USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson.

Pressed by host Chris Wallace pointed explain Tillerson's statements that destroying ISIS is the USA priority, McMaster responded: "That's exactly what we're saying".

"I think as time goes on, every day that has passed, he more and more has understood the gravity of USA leadership", said GOP Sen.

The death toll from the air strikes in Urum al-Joz was expected to rise, said the Observatory, a Britain-based organisation that reports on the war using a network of sources in Syria. "So that means regime change is now the policy of the Trump administration".

In this image from video provided by the U.S. Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) launches a tomahawk land attack missile in the Mediterranean Sea, Friday, April 7, 2017.

She said Moscow "has always called for stable relations based on the worldwide law", but according to her, "stability and consistency have long stopped to be the hallmark of Western foreign policy".

Syria state media said the US air raid killed nine civilians, including four children.

"The Syrian government would be ill-advised ever again to use chemical weapons", Mattis added.

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Moscow and Damascus claim that the toxic gas was released when strikes by government forces hit a rebel weapons depot, an assertion the United States and others reject.

The strike was not aimed at toppling Mr. Assad or ousting his minority Alawite regime, at least, not yet. "The nation of Iran will remain alongside the Syrian nation in fighting terrorism and safeguarding Syria's territorial integrity", Rouhani said in the call in the evening on April 8, according to a statement on the presidency website.

Haley told Tapper that the images of innocent victims from the chemical attack crossed the line for Trump and slammed Russian Federation for protecting the Syrian regime.

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson also had planned to visit Russian Federation this coming week, but decided Saturday to cancel the trip because of the fast moving events in Syria.

Tillerson stopped short of accusing Russian Federation of direct involvement in planning or carrying out the attack, saying he had not seen "any hard evidence" to suggest Moscow was an accomplice to Assad.

Tillerson's visit on Wednesday (AEST) comes as western powers weigh wider sanctions in response to a deadly chemical attack on civilians last week.

An air strike killed 18 civilians including five children in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

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

The official says a Russian-operated drone flew over a hospital in Syria as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment.

After that, he said, "we can navigate a political outcome in which the Syrian people, in fact, will determine Bashar al-Assad's fate".

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