Any further chemical attacks would damage US-Russia relationship, says US

At the same time, Tillerson and other top United States officials made clear that the USA objective was limited to deterring further chemical attacks, and not the start of a campaign to oust Assad.

Beyond Syria are disputes over Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Haley told CNN removing Assad was one priority for the U.S. Others include defeating ISIS and removing Iran's influence on Syria.

"Judging by the statement made by Boris Johnson, he now has different priorities, namely - discussions with G7 counterparts of the situation in Syria and "Russian support for Bashar Assad".

Saudi Arabia, one of the most vehement opponents of Assad, said the missile barrage was the right response to "the crimes of this regime to its people in light of the failure of the worldwide community to stop it".

On TV talk shows Sunday, top Trump administration officials discussed the potential for more military action against Syria, and promised to press Moscow on its commitment to reduce Syria's chemical weapons stockpile.

Syrian Deputy UN Ambassador Mounzer Mounzer denied the country's use of chemical weapons, stating at the UN special session that Syria "would never use such weapons in any of its operations against armed terrorist groups". He also ruled out having used chemicals against own people.

Both Tillerson and H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, said defeating the Islamic State group remained the administration's first priority, with the strategy for stabilizing Syria a longer-term political effort that could involve Russia."It's very hard to understand how a political solution could result from the continuation from the Assad regime", McMaster said.

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In Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the USA missile strike was a "a strategic error, and a repeat of the mistakes of the past", the state news agency IRNA reported.

Cohen, a conservative critic of Trump's foreign policy who has chided Tillerson for his reticence, said he saw Tillerson growing into the job.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan asked Russian Federation to reconsider its support for the Syrian regime Saturday, following a chemical weapons attack in Idlib earlier in the week and the U.S.'s military action in response. Spokesman Sean Spicer said the missile attack sent a clear message to Assad, but he avoided explicitly calling for the Syrian to leave office.

Still, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he believed that Trump didn't need to consult with Congress. "Assad signed the chemical weapons treaty ban".

Elsewhere in Syria, U.S. -led airstrikes killed at least 21 people, including a woman and her six children who were fleeing on a boat across the Euphrates River near the Islamic State group's self-styled capital, Raqqa, the target of a major offensive by U.S. -backed and Kurdish-led Syrian forces, activists said.

At the same time, Tillerson carries to Moscow the weight of FBI and congressional investigations into Russia's interference in last year's presidential election. He called the Assad government a main force against terrorism and said it deserved the presumption of innocence in the chemical weapons attack. Once that threat "has been reduced or eliminated, I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria", he said.

Tillerson stopped short of accusing the Russians of complicity.

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