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Syria warns West it will defend itself if attacked

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warned today at the that it will have "no other choice" but to defend itself if the West launches military action.

"This is not a threat. This is a promise," Syrian told the

The invoked Article 51 of the UN charter that recognizes the right to self-defence by any state if it comes under attack.

If Britain, and the take military action, "we would have no other choice expect applying Article 51 that gives us the right to defend ourselves," said Jaafari.

The is consulting with Britain and about a joint military response to an in the rebel-held town of that medics and rescuers said killed at least 40 people on Saturday.

US told the council that no decision had been taken about military action, but that any use of force would be in response to multiple carried out by Bashar al-Assad's forces.

Citing US estimates that Assad has used "at least 50 times" in the seven-year war, Haley said: "All nations and all people will be harmed if we allow Assad to normalize the use of "

and have denied using in on April 7, with Russian saying that had "irrefutable" evidence that the attack in was a "staged event."

has told the that it will not allow its troops on the ground in to be put at risk by military action, even though the two countries have contacts to avoid such direct confrontation.

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 00:55 IST