Trump vows 'forceful' response as Russian Federation and Damascus deny chemical attack

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Vice President Pence will make the trip to the Summit of the Americas in Peru instead, Sanders said. The Syrian and Russian governments have denied the reports, with Russia's representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, calling it a "fabrication" and accusing the White Helmet volunteer group of cooperating with terrorists, according to Syrian state media.

The past two days have seen an exchange of fierce words between the two nuclear powers.

Syria's government and its ally Russian Federation have denied the chemical attack took place, but rescuers and medics said that dozens of people, including many women and children, were killed. "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", Trump said. He suggested Syria's main military ally, Russia, would "pay a price". "He will, everybody will".

Iran's Fars news agency said three Iranian fighters were killed in the strike and the foreign ministry in Tehran condemned "strongly the aggression and air strike by the Zionist regime". But, to me, there's not much of a doubt. "But the generals will figure it out, probably over the next 24 hours", said Trump.

Earlier Monday, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the United States is not ruling out military action against Syria. Russia's United Nations ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, accused Washington of deliberately stoking global tensions by threatening Russian Federation in a tone "beyond the threshold of what is acceptable, even during the Cold War". So the USA must keep all options open. "At this point, the [pro-Putin parliamentary majority] United Russia party must responsibly state that we are going to take all political and diplomatic measures, and also military measures if such need arises", Vladimir Shamanov said on Tuesday before the State Duma plenary session.

Trump ordered a missile strike on a Syrian air base in April 2016 in response to another deadly chemical weapons attack.

Experts said Trump's military threat, an apparent setback compared with his statements last week to take the U.S. troops out of Syria very soon, could further complicate the U.S. -Russia ties.

The U.S. said the 2017 strike was meant to deter Syria from further use of chemical weapons.

The same day, the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation said the Russian military and medical experts had inspected the site of the alleged attack and found no traces of toxic agents or victims with symptoms of chemical poisoning.

President Donald Trump says the USA has many military options as it decides how to respond to an apparent poison gas attack in central Syria that killed more than 40 people. But a few cruise missiles won't change anything in Syria.

After targeting Iranian units in Syria in retaliation, an Israel F-16 was shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft fire in one of the conflict's most notable escalations.

"It's a very muddled policy", he noted.

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The type of strike the Trump administration is contemplating would require less secrecy than other military operations.

Russia's representative accused the USA of simply seeking a pretext to justify further use of force against Syria, Michele reported.

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