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There will be price to pay for chemical weapons use: Pence

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US Vice today warned the Syrian regime against using chemical weapons, saying there will be a price to pay for such a misadventure.

The US and its allies and Britain launched air strikes, targeting sites associated with Syria's capabilities.

The joint operation was in response to a suspected in the city of last week.

There "will be a price to pay" if ever uses again, as the US is ready to take additional action, Pence told reporters travelling with him to to attend the Summit of the

Pence repeatedly praised the "strong leadership" of and American allies in responding to the in

Calling the strike "successful" and an "extraordinary success", Trump said the strike "degraded and crippled" and "significantly eroded" Syria's ability to use

"This was the morally right act to take," he said.

Pence said that the considered every potential response in developing its plan for the Syrian strike and its monitoring the environment for any retaliation.

There were almost daily calls between France, the UK and the US, he said in response to a question.

Pence said the administration is "absolutely" sure the regime carried out the

At a minimum, Chlorine was used and he said that an investigation could show that Sarin was also used.

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

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

This was Pence's first after US forces launched precision strikes against regime targets associated with the use of in

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 01:00 IST
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