Western missile attack on Syria was 'right and legal', May says

May also alluded to a nerve agent attack in Britain last month on a former Russian spy and his daughterMore

May also alluded to a nerve agent attack in Britain last month on a former Russian spy and his daughterMore

"This collective action sends a clear message that the worldwide community will not stand by and tolerate the use of chemical weapons", May said at a press conference, calling the military action "right and legal".

Speaking in Downing Street, Mrs May said the "limited and targeted strikes" had degraded Syria's ability to use chemical weapons.

He said there is no doubt the Syrian government is responsible, and it had "crossed a red line".

Professor Iain Begg, Research Fellow at the European Institute and Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), told Xinhua: "A volley of bombs may help the USA and its allies feel they have reacted in a timely and proportionate manner to the undoubted horror of the use by the Syrian regime of chemical weapons, but the inevitable worry will be that they have not thought through what happens next".

Konashenkov said that Russian Federation knew "for sure" that between April 3-6, the White Helmets - a group which helps civilians in opposition-held territory in Syria - were "under severe pressure specifically from London to produce as quickly as possible this pre-planned provocation".

She added that the strikes were not about "regime change".

"We have hit a specific and limited set of targets", she said.

The British PM also linked the increasing use of chemical weapons with the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, insisting they were both "part of a pattern of disregard".

The Prime Minister explained: "I have taken this decision because I believe it is the right thing to do".

I have done so because I judge this action to be in Britain's national interest.

Britain's defence ministry said in a statement that four British Tornado jets had fired Storm Shadow missiles at the Syrian base 24 km west of Homs at 0100 GMT. "No other group could have carried this attack", May said.

May added Britain and its allies had sought to use every diplomatic means to stop the use of chemical weapons, but had been repeatedly thwarted, citing a Russian veto of an independent investigation into the Douma attack at the U.N. Security Council this week. Western governments, including Britain, blamed the government of Bashar al-Assad, a Russian ally, for the attack.

Britain and its allies accuse Damascus of carrying out the suspected attack on Douma and are considering military action against Syria in response.

Iranian President Rouhani says US-led military strikes in Syria will cause "destruction" in the Middle East.

"Bombing can not substitute for diplomacy", he said.

The Syrian Regime has a history of using chemical weapons against its own people in the most cruel and abhorrent way.

"There is a wider question on the future political solution for Syria and that is a matter that we will continue to pursue in diplomatic and political channels with our worldwide partners and allies", May said.

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