Syria could also be making new varieties of chemical weapons

Assad regime's airstrikes over Eastern Goutha

Assad regime's airstrikes over Eastern Goutha

"Since two thousand-April 2014, there has been mounting evidence that Syria continues to illicitly possess chemical weapons and use them against its own people", "There is simply no denying that Russian Federation, by shielding its Syrian ally, has breached its commitments to the United States as a framework guarantor", it continues. If it can not support a future Security Council resolution to that end, it should abstain, Tillerson said.

"Russia has not lived up to these commitments".

However, Syria and Russian Federation had rejected the United States claims, suggesting that militants might have detonated the chemical weapons on the ground. "At a bare minimum, Russian Federation must stop vetoing and at least abstain on future UNSC resolutions on this issue", he said.

Mattis made the remarks after senior USA officials said Trump was prepared to order more strikes amid reports that the Syrian government is developing new types of chemical weapons.

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The attack comes a day after Syria's former al-Qaeda affiliate claimed responsibility for the downing of a Russian warplane as it flew low over Saraqeb in northern Syria, apparently using a surface-to-air missile.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said, "Those who carry out chemical weapons attacks need to be made aware that we know who they are, and we will go after them".

Rex Tillerson said during the International Partnership against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons in Paris that Russian Federation must stop shielding Syria from accountability.

Syrian activists said on Sunday that civilians have suffered chlorine gas poisoning during an attack on the rebel-held town of Saraqeb in Idlib province, The Associated Press reported. Administration officials said Trump has not ruled out additional military action to deter chemical attacks or to punish Assad, though they did not suggest any action was imminent. Unlike sarin, chlorine gas is relatively easy to produce and is not banned by the Chemical Weapons Convention.

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