France Says To Provide Proof On Syria Government Chemical Weapons Use

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis and US Central Command Commander Joseph Votel take part in a briefing at the Pentagon in Washington DC

In 2013, the Assad regime had disclosed that it had almost 1,300 tonne chemical weapons, including sarin, VX nerve agent and mustard gas, which are all banned.

France's Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Wednesday that this country would present proof of the Assad regime's culpability in the coming days.

In an exclusive interview last week with AFP in Damascus, Assad said the suspected chemical attack was a "fabrication" to justify a U.S. missile strike on Syrian forces.

Israel welcomed the strike on its northern neighbour.

David Cameron had previously lost a Commons vote by 285 to 272 for military action against the Syrian government in the wake of a sarin attack that left hundreds of civilians dead on the outskirts of Damascus. In response, the United States fired almost 60 missiles at a Syrian air base it suspected of being the launching pad for the attack. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described the USA missile strike against the Syrian airfield as a strategic mistake.

In this handout provided by the US Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross fires a Tomahawk land attack missile April 7, 2017 in the Mediterranean Sea.

The officer argued that the American missile attack on a Syrian air force base in response was not a strategic turnaround in the six-year Syrian war that has caused more than half a million deaths.

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The need for investigation is underscored by previous sarin attacks in Syria. However, the Syrian president and as his ally Russian Federation strongly deny the claims.

Shabaan added that both Russian Federation and Syria are convinced that neither the United States nor the OPCW will set up a committee of inquiry to clarify the causes of the incident in Khan Shaikhun since the use of chemical weapons in this area 'was a scene'.

And the British delegation to the OPCW said in a tweet that Wednesday's talks showed "once again clear support for the ongoing FFM investigation into the attack".

Since launching the missile strike, however, the U.S. has not formulated a coherent strategy on Syria, despite Trump's rhetoric on the country's embattled leader becoming harder.

On Tuesday morning a residential district in Chan Sheikhun in Idlib province was bombed and poison gas was released.

The Syrian government agreed to give up its chemical weapons following sarin gas attacks on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta that killed over 1,000 in August 2013, and a joint U.N. -OPCW mission in 2014 to remove the stockpile claimed 96 percent of the weapons had been secured and destroyed.

Assad said in an interview with the Russian state-owned RIA Novosti news agency on Thursday that the UN has not sent anyone yet and blamed Western nations and the United States in particular for not allowing the experts to travel to Syria. However, doubts soon emerged over whether all of the regime's armaments or production facilities were declared and destroyed. However, chemical weapons attacks in 2014 and 2015 have been verified by the United Nations.

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