Ali Khamenei accuses US, France and Britain of crime

15 April, 2018, 01:22 | Author: Kathy Ellis
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The assessment cites "the absence to date of chemical samples analyzed by our own laboratories".

Asked who were the "chief financial beneficiaries" of the sanctions evasion scheme, prosecutors said, "First and foremost, the scheme benefited the Iranian government entities whose access to oil revenue and to the USA financial system was restricted under the sanctions laws".

"So there is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime", she said.

The missile was launched from Sadaa, the coalition added. Five out the eight missiles used were said to have been destroyed by Syrian air defenses.

"Russia condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack against Syria, where Russian military personnel are assisting the legitimate government in its counterterrorism efforts", Putin said in a statement.

President Donald Trump says he is "prepared to sustain" strikes against Syria until the use of chemical agents stops.

For Steven Bucci, a former senior Pentagon official and a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a Washington-based think tank, the US president was "sending a message that this isn't just firing and forgetting and everyone drives home".

There were concerns before the punitive strike of a Russian military response.

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Britain joined the United States and France in what May cast as a "limited and targeted" strike after intelligence indicated Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government was responsible for an attack using chemical weapons in Douma.

Britain and France joined the United States in the strikes in a coordinated operation that was meant to show Western resolve in the face of what the leaders of the three nations called persistent violations of worldwide law.

By intercepting the craft Israeli "combat helicopters prevented the attack Iran had hoped to carry out", it said. Israel has refused to comment on the matter, in keeping with its policy of ambiguity regarding airstrikes outside the country's borders.

Several Iranian military advisers were killed in that attack, including a colonel who served as a senior officer in Iran's drone program, according to Iranian news reports, and Iran has threatened to retaliate.

Russian Federation and Iran on Saturday denounced overnight airstrikes from the U.S., France and Britain against targets associated with their ally Syrian leader Bashar Assad over an apparent chemical weapons attack.

By launching strikes without prior approval from parliament, May dispensed with a non-binding constitutional convention dating back to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. She had received support from her Cabinet in a crisis session.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has strongly denounced joint airstrikes by the U.S., United Kingdom and France on Syria as a "crime", saying the leaders of the three countries are "criminals".

The attacks were described by the Pentagon as precise and aimed exclusively at the regime's chemical weapons facilities. In response to the assault, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said that Israeli attack constituted "an indirect response to the success of the Syrian Arab Army in eliminating armed terrorist groups from the Damascus suburbs and other Syrian areas".

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