Iran FM urges fact-finding mission to probe Syria chemical attack


Russian Federation and Iran have issued a joint call for an "unbiased investigation" into the chemical weapons incident which provoked Donald Trump to launch missiles at an airbase in Syria.

"Lavrov and Zarif called for carrying out a thorough and unbiased investigation into the incident in the Syrian province of Idlib that has led to numerous deaths among the civilian population", the ministry said.

The situation has heightened fears that war-torn Syria will be turned into a proxy battleground between the USA and Russian Federation or worse, a direct confrontation between the two powers after relations between them suddenly went sour this week.

He added: "Both sides emphasised that such aggressive actions against a sovereign independent country are a flagrant violation of global law, above all, the UN Charter, create threats for regional security and impair the fight against worldwide terrorism".

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Mr Tillerson said that Russia's failure to ensure Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles were destroyed enabled the attack. He also reiterated his support of Mr Trump's cruise missile strike in the early hours of Friday, UK time .

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A joint command center made up of the forces of Russia, Iran and resistance fighters supporting Syria said the U.S. strike on a Syrian air base on Friday crossed "red lines" and it would respond to any new aggression and increase its support for its ally. Besides, under a Russian-US deal after the east Ghouta sarin gas incident in 2013, Damascus joined the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and agreed to destroy its stockpile under Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) oversight.

Earlier this year, Syrian President Bashar Assad said that the country's government had never used weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons, against the Syrian people. Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow considers the United States strike against an airbase in the Homs province an act of aggression against a sovereign nation.

Using the Idlib tragedy as a pretext, US President Donald Trump ordered the country's warships in the Mediterranean to carry out a missile attack on Syria.