Washington wants the Syrian government to admit the chemical weapons use and to declare the entire stockpile of chemical weapons, the US State Department says.
“The Syrian regime has to do a couple of things — to declare its entire stockpile in all of its programs… If they would do this we can help get them to the Geneva process,” US State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert told Fox News.
Separately, US Vice President Mike Pence praised the April 14 strikes on Syria and said that more strikes may be come if “chemical weapons” are used once again.
In other words, the US says that the Syrian government must admit that it had used chemical weapons against civilians in Douma and other cases or the US will carry out more strikes on Syria because it uses chemical weapnos against civilians. For sure, Washington needs no proof for all of its statements and threats.
Meanwhile, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley announced that the US is not going to withdraw troops from Syria until the US goals ar not accomplished.
Haley said that main goal is “to see American troops come home, but we are not going to leave until we know we have accomplished those things.”
In early April US President Donald Trump announced that ISIS had been almost defeated and US troops have to be pulled out soon. However, the April 7 Douma incident is now used as a new public justification for the illegal US military presence in Syria. How doe sthis work? See here: ‘“Rinse, Lather, Repeat”: False WMD Accusations as a Tool of Foreign Policy‘
The US, the UK and France have also circulated a joint draft resolution on Syria at the UN Security Council. The draft resolution denounces the use of chemical weapons there and demands the establishment of a mechanism for investigating such incidents.
The Russian state-run news agency TASS reports (source):
The draft resolution resolutely denounces all cases of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, especially the attack in Douma on April 7, the agency reported citing the text of the document. It stipulates the establishment of an independent mechanism for investigating such incidents based on the principles of objectivity and professionalism.
The draft resolution prepared by the French delegation calls on Syria’s authorities to cooperate with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). In addition, the document’s authors call for the establishment of a stable peace and free access for humanitarian help, as well as medical evacuations (of the population) if needed.
The draft resolution calls for constructive participation of Syria’s government in intra-Syrian talks without preconditions, AFP reported. The document will be discussed on Monday, AFP’s sources in diplomatic circles said.