Theresa May 'seeks full role' in Syria strikes

US president Donald Trump says Syria attack 'could be very soon or not so soon at all'

China calls on all relevant parties of Syria issue to remain calm and show restraint: FM

Trump discussed the Syria situation with his national security team at the White House on Thursday.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley told the United Nations today that no decision had been taken about military action against Syria, but use of force would be in response to multiple chemical attacks carried out by President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

According to the sources, the specific response being considered in the event of US military action against Syria is Japan's "support for the USA resolve to fulfill its responsibility to prevent the use of chemical weapons".

"They agreed to keep working closely together on the global response", the statement concluded.

Russian Federation has been involved in the Syrian conflict since 2015 and became Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's main ally in the war against armed opposition groups.

"It's too bad that the world puts us in a position like that", said Trump, as Defense Secretary James Mattis headed to the West Wing to present options for a retaliatory strike.

France already has some 1,100 troops involved in its Operation Chammal, created in 2014 to fight Islamic State extremists in Iraq and extended in 2015 to Syria, as part of the US -led coalition.

Geopolitics specialist Dominique Moisi, a senior adviser at the Montaigne Institute?think tank in Paris, said "we have said that we were not allowing the use of chemical weapons, that this was a red line ..." It was not clear whether the presence of the investigators could affect the timing of any USA military action. A YouGov poll showed just one in five members of the public support a strike on Syria.

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Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said parliament should be consulted before May approved military action.

British lawmakers voted down taking military action against Damascus in 2013, in what was widely viewed as an assertion of parliamentary sovereignty on the use of force.

Britain has been launching air strikes in Syria from its military base in Cyprus, but only against targets linked to the Islamic State militant group.

"The president has not made that decision".

"The position is a very risky one because of Russian involvement, also because we have an erratic president of the United States".

Anti-conflict coalition Stop the War called on Britons to lobby their lawmakers to prevent an "escalation of the war" and planned a Friday protest outside Downing Street.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said after speaking with Macron on Thursday that Germany won't participate in possible military action in Syria, but supports sending a message that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable. He said he has been talking regularly this week with U.S. President Donald Trump about the most effective response.

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