United States not focused on removing Syria's Assad

"In no way do we see peace in that area with Assad as the head of the Syrian government", Haley told NBC's "Meet the Press".

"Developments in Syria have changed the situation fundamentally", Mr Johnson said, adding he would instead focus on building "coordinated worldwide support for a ceasefire on the ground and an intensified political process". The U.S. officials said Russian commanders in Syria were informed of the strike beforehand in order to avoid casualties that could prompt a broader crisis. "It's important that we keep our priorities straight. He is no longer Obama in the eyes of our enemies but he needs to do more to close the deal", Graham said.

"But the signal that they're able to fly nearly right away out of the same facility indicates that I don't think we did as thorough enough job, which would have been cratering the runways", McCain said".

During the meeting, Haley also cautioned that the U.S.is prepared to take further action if the Assad regime doesn't stand down and stop attacking its own people.

"The Syrian people and army are determined to crush terrorism in every part of Syrian territory". On whether Assad should be removed from power, McMaster said: "We are not saying that we are the ones who are going to effect that change".

President Hassan Rouhani earlier criticised his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump for the missiles fired early on Friday in response to the suspected chemical attack.

"If Russia wants to be absolved of responsibility for future attacks, (President) Vladimir Putin needs to enforce commitments, dismantle Assad's chemical weapons arsenal for good and get fully engaged" with the United Nations peace process on Syria. But there have been repeated allegations of chemical weapons use by the government since then.

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MCMASTER: Well, I think what we should do is ask Russian Federation - how could it be, if you have advisors at that airfield, that you didn't know that the Syrian air force was preparing and executing a mass murder attack with chemical weapons?

"I discussed these plans in detail with Secretary Tillerson", Johnson said, adding that the United States foreign minister would still visit Moscow as planned following the G7 meeting to "deliver that clear and co-ordinated message to the Russians".

Writing in The Sunday Times, Sir Michael said Russian Federation must be part of the solution to ending the "needless suffering" of Syrian civilians.

Khan Sheikhoun is located in the Idlib province in northwest Syria.

Haley said "getting Assad out is not the only priority" and that countering Iran's influence in Syria was another.

Her words, however, came a day after she said Washington was ready to take additional action after a solo U.S. strike on a Syrian air base.

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