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Trump, Stoltenberg: Chemical Attack in Syria ‘Murderous,’ ‘Unacceptable’


U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed NATO support on its condemnation of Syria's use of chemical weapons on its own people last week.

Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke to reporters after meeting at the White House Wednesday.

Trump called the attack, blamed on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a "murderous attack, using the most horrible weapons," and said "the barbaric killing of small and helpless children and babies must be forcefully rejected by any nation that values human life."

Stoltenberg said any use of chemical weapons is unacceptable and cannot go unanswered. He said whoever is responsible for the attack must be held accountable.

Earlier, European officials blamed a lack of clarity about U.S. and British policy toward Syria for their opposition this week to the imposition of new punitive measures against Russian and Syrian military officials.

The officials said it remains unclear how the sanctions would change Moscow's backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who's been leading the Anglo-American effort, took comfort after the G7 meeting of foreign ministers in the broad recognition secured at the gathering that there's no solution to the crisis in Syria while Assad remains in power.

He has emphasized targeted sanctions are still on the table, but moving forward with them will have to wait for a full investigation into the alleged April 4 Sarin Gas attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun.

Source: Voice of America