President Hassan Rouhani of Iran has called on Syria requesting they “make Americans regret their attack” against Bashar al-Assad. Both Iran and Russia have warned US President Donald Trump that, if the US strikes Assad again, there will be a military response. Additionally, Iran condemned American’s actions including not working “within international frameworks.”
As reported by the Daily Mail, Rouhani stated, “The Syrian people and army must give a response that makes Americans regret their attack.”
Iranian and Russian forces suggest Trump crossed a “red line” when he authorized the missile attack against Syria. Further, a joint statement released by Russian and Iranian military chiefs and representatives from the Islamist militant group Hezbollah said, “From now on we will respond with force to any breach of red lines and American knows out ability to respond well.”
The initial strike made against Syria and led by Trump was in response to a gas attack perpetrated by the Syrian government against civilians, including children, that resulted in the death of more than 80 people. Trump authorized the use of nearly 60 Tomahawk missiles in a strike on al Shayrat airbase in Syria, where the gas attack was thought to have originated.
Russia has claimed a rebel chemical weapons facility was the cause of the deaths, though the idea has been largely dismissed by other nations. Assad claims all stockpiles of chemical weapons were destroyed based on an agreement struck in 2013.
On Sunday, as reported by the Independent, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Russia failed to manage their part of the 2013 agreement regarding the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria.
Tillerson said, “The failure related to the recent strike and the recent terrible chemical weapons attach in large measure is a failure of Russia’s part to achieve its commitment to the international community.”
G7 nations are expected to discuss additional sanctions on Russian and Syria on Monday. UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is urging the creations of “very punitive sanctions” as a response to the chemical attack. Additionally, Johnson is urging the G7 to issue a declaration stating that Russia should end it support of Assad while removing Russian forces from the country of Syria.
Russia was removed from the G7, the group of industrialized nations formerly known as the G8 prior to Russia’s removal, after its 2014 annexation of the Crimea region of the Ukraine.
Prior to the start of the G7 meeting in Italy, Tillerson said, “We rededicate ourselves to holding to account any and all who commit crimes against the innocents anywhere in the world.”