Iran has called on Assad to strike back at the US
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said the US was not acting “within international frameworks” and should be made to “regret” last week’s Tomahawk missile attack in Homs province which came two days after a chemical attack, attributed to Mr Assad, killed at least 80 people in Idlib.
Mr Rouhani, said: “Americans have never acted within international frameworks, and one instance is the sanctions they impose against Iran, unreasonably considering themselves as the world's leader.
"The Syrian people and army must give a response (to the US) that makes Americans regret their attack."
Last night Russian and Iranian military chiefs, both allies of Syria, joined forces with militant group Hezbollah to threaten Donald Trump, saying the US president had crossed a “red line”.
The statement said: “From now on we will respond with force to any breach of red lines and America knows our ability to respond well.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the US should be made to regret the strikes
The Russian Embassy in London said a “real war” was on the horizon if the Kremlin was threatened with any ultimatums over Russia’s support of Assad.
Iran was the first country to condemn the US missile strikes, while most Western countries, including the UK and other European countries, supported the strikes.
Today it was revealed Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will lead a joint G7 push for Russia to face even tougher economic sanctions unless President Vladimir Putin withdraws its support for Assad.
Mr Johnson was meant to fly to Moscow tomorrow but on Sunday night pulled out of the visit due to the escalation.
Countries that support and oppose the missile strikes in Syria
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European countries have been broadly supportive so far as President Trump ordered missile strikes against a Syrian airfield from which a deadly chemical weapons attack was launched
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SYRIA OPPOSES: President Bashar al-Assad's office denounced the U.S. strike as 'reckless, irresponsible behavior.'
He was to be the first UK foreign secretary to visit Russia in more than five years.
Instead, he attacked the Kremlin and said he would focus on building support with allies to secure a ceasefire in war-torn Syria.
The US carried out strikes on a Syrian airbase last week
Iran is urging Russia and Syria to strike against the US
Mr Johnson said: “We deplore Russia’s continued defence of the Assad regime even after the chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.
“We call on Russia to do everything possible to bring about a political settlement in Syria and work with the rest of the international community to ensure that the shocking events of the last week are never repeated.”
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Yesterday US President Donald Trump tweeted: “Congratulations to our great military men and women for representing the United States, and the world, so well in the Syria attack.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US will continue to stand up to anyone who commits crimes against humanity.