In Peru, Pence updates allies on US-led airstrikes in Syria

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence left shakes hands with Peru's President Martin Vizcarra before the Summit of Americas inauguration ceremony in Lima Peru Friday

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence left shakes hands with Peru's President Martin Vizcarra before the Summit of Americas inauguration ceremony in Lima Peru Friday

Pence echoed Trump in his remarks on Saturday, saying that the US was prepared to carry out "sustained" action against Syria's chemical weapons program, unless the government of President Bashar Assad ceased its use of chemical munitions.

Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday called United States led airstrikes on Syria a completely accomplished mission while in Peru to renegotiate the NAFTA trade pact.

"The objective of the mission the commander in chief gave our military forces and our allies was completely accomplished - with swift professionalism", Pence told reporters, noting there were "no reported civilian casualties".

"The United States has a strong president, and Mexico has a strong president", Pence said.

Responding to a question, Pence said that the U.S. message to Russian Federation is: "You're on the wrong side of history".

The unified front was presented during a highly anticipated meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Peru's capital.

Pence said that the USA acted on information from the intelligence community and allies, and they had a high degree of confidence that 'at a minimum, ' chlorine was used in the attack, and possibly sarin.

Earlier in the day, Pentagon officials suggested they had proof that the Assad regime was behind the attack, but said they couldn't elaborate on the information because it was classified.

'Our message to Russian Federation is, "you're on the wrong side of history", ' Pence also said.

Noting that "you're known by the company you keep", Pence said Russian Federation needs to join other nations in opposing the use of chemical weapons in Syria and "live up to the commitments they made".

Pence, who was also scheduled to meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, struck a notably confident tone, saying USA officials "think we're close" and were "encouraged at the progress of our negotiations".

Canada and the US stood shoulder-to-shoulder on Saturday as they condemned the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons on civilians and sounded a positive note about the ongoing North American free trade talks.

Seated alongside Trudeau, Pence said there was a "real possibility" the USA could reach a deal with Canada and Mexico on NAFTA "within the next several weeks".

"There is a desire and a recognition by all three Nafta partners that the time-lines imposed upon us by both the upcoming, the imminent Mexican elections and the upcoming American midterms, means that we have a certain amount of pressure to try and move forward successfully in the coming weeks", Trudeau said.

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