Washington (April 13, 2018):United States President Donald Trump says a decision on action in Syria will be made “fairly soon”.
The US president told the journalists that he and his team were looking “very, very seriously” at the situation, following an alleged chemical attack on the town of Douma.The White House said that Trump would talk to British and French leaders later on Thursday. Western powers are thought to be preparing for strikes.
Russia’s envoy to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, said he “cannot exclude” the possibility of a war between Russia and the US.
“The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war,” he told reporters. Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron said he had “proof” that the Syrian government had attacked Douma with chemical weapons.In the UK, cabinet ministers agreed “on the need to take action” in Syria to “deter the further use of chemical weapons”, the office of Prime Minister Theresa May said.
The UN Security Council is to hold an emergency meeting later to discuss the crisis.
Also on Thursday, US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis told a congressional panel: “I believe there was a chemical attack and we are looking for the actual evidence.”
Activists and medics say dozens of people died when government aircraft dropped bombs filled with toxic chemicals on Douma on Saturday. President Assad’s government denies being behind any chemical attack.
The international Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is set to send monitors to Douma to gather evidence.