Syria invites OPCW to investigate attack

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President Trump canceled a highly-anticipated trip to South America Tuesday; remaining in Washington, DC to oversee his administration's "response" to Saturday's deadly chemical weapons attack near the Syrian capital.

The state-run media in the war-ravaged West Asian country also brought allegations a couple of days after the alleged chemical attack that the USA had likely carried out a missile strike at one of Syria's air bases in the Homs province, a charge which Pentagon denied.

The United States has requested the Security Council vote on April 10 on a proposal for a new inquiry on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, even though the resolution would likely be vetoed by Syrian ally Russian Federation.

Earlier on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump spoke to Theresa May on the phone to discuss Syria.

President Donald Trump has warned that there will be a "big price to pay" for the use of toxic gas in Douma that killed at least 40 people, according to Syrian medics and rescuers. Trump ordered airstrikes against a Syrian government airbase in April 2017 in retaliation to a previous chemical weapons attack. But the incident has thrust Syria's seven-year-old conflict back to the forefront of global concern.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to be skeptical of the Russian proposal, saying: "The evidence that chemical weapons were used there is very, very clear".

But whether a team would try to get there was unclear.

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Relations between Russian Federation and the U.S. have taken a nosedive in recent years over the Syria conflict as well as Moscow's annexation of Crimea, accusations of interference in the 2016 United States election and most recently a spy poisoning in the UK.

The U.S. gave Russia a heads up before the 2016 missile strike, and no Russian assets were targeted. "And now that the Douma attack has happened, this is not a decision that we can delay any longer".

The US and its Western allies insist that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carried out a gas attack against its own people in the Syrian town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, late on Saturday.

"This provocation was like a breeze of the fresh air needed by militants who received such timely support from the USA and other Western countries", Nebenzia said at the UNSC meeting on Tuesday.

After leaving Columbia, Mr. Trump was due to travel to his Mar-a-Lago estate where he was planning to host Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe for talks on North Korea.

Calling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a "monster", she added that whatever action the UN made a decision to take, "either way, the United States will respond".

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, who is now on a visit to France, said that "If our alliance with our partners requires it, we will be present", in reference to the possibility of Saudi Arabia taking part in a joint strike on Syria.

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