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Syria 'chemical attack': Trump decision on strike 'fairly soon'

IANS  |  Washington 

US has said a decision on action in will be made "fairly soon".

He told reporters on Thursday that he and his team were looking "very, very seriously" at the situation, following an alleged on the Syrian town of Douma, reported.

The said would talk to British and French leaders later on Thursday. Western powers are thought to be preparing for strikes.

Russia, Syria's main military ally, strongly opposes such action.

Russia's to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, said he "cannot exclude" the possibility of a war between and the US.

"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war," he told reporters.

Also on Thursday, French said he had "proof" that the had attacked with

In the UK, cabinet ministers agreed "on the need to take action" in to "deter the further use of chemical weapons", the office of said.

The is to hold an emergency meeting later to discuss the crisis.

On Sunday, the day after the attack, the US said Russian bore responsibility for the "atrocity" in rebel-held Douma, because of his support for the

Trump, who has cancelled a planned trip abroad, has been canvassing support for strikes from the leaders of and the UK.

On Wednesday, he said the missiles were "coming", but on Thursday he tweeted that he had "never said when". It "could be very soon or not so soon at all", he said.

He later told reporters at the White House: "We're having a meeting today on .. We have to make some further decisions. So they'll be made fairly soon."

Also on Thursday, US told a congressional panel: "I believe there was a and we are looking for the actual evidence."

Activists and medics say dozens of people died when government aircraft dropped bombs filled with on on Saturday.

denies being behind any

The international Organisation for the Prohibition of (OPCW) is set to send monitors to to gather evidence.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 03:44 IST
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