Pentagon Chief: No Evidence of Recent Sarin Gas Use by Syria

Pentagon Chief: No Evidence of Recent Sarin Gas Use by Syria

Pentagon Chief: No Evidence of Recent Sarin Gas Use by Syria

The Trump administration says that they reserve right to take military action against the Syrian government if needed to prevent or deter use of chemical weapons.

AFP news agency also reported senior officials as saying the USA was not ruling out military force in response to future chemical weapons attacks by the Syrian government.

"We take the allegations of chemical weapons use very seriously and are working with our partners on the ground to investigate the reports", she said, calling on the worldwide community "to hold the perpetrators of these attacks accountable, and will speak with a united voice in condemnation".

The group plans to publish information about chemical attacks to name and shame perpetrators and eventually sanction them.

Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon on Friday that the U.S.is looking for evidence to support the claims.

"We are even more concerned about the possibility of sarin use".

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"We are on the record and you all have seen how we reacted to that, so they would be ill-advised to go back to violating the chemical (weapons) convention", Mattis added.

Syria has denied using illegal chemicals.

Washington said this week that it could consider military action against the Syrian government if it continued to use chemical weapons.

The French government announced Tuesday that it is freezing the assets of companies that help furnish material to the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center, a Syrian lab accused of producing chemical weapons.

Officials also pointed the finger at the Syrian government for a chlorine gas attack east of Damascus last week that sickened more than a dozen people. In the past two years, a joint United Nations and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inquiry found the Syrian government used the nerve agent sarin and several times used chlorine as a weapon.

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