Iranian president urges international probe into Syria ‘gas attack’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says International probe must be launched in reported Syria gas attack.

ID: 47006 | Date: 2017/04/08

Rouhani made remarks at the National Summit of the Economy of Resistance and Rural Development in Tehran on Thursday.

“An international fact-finding mission should be formed to shed light on the issue,” the president said, adding, “Of course, biased sides should not be included in the mission and the US should not lead it, but the issue should rather be investigated by impartial countries to find out where chemical weapons had come from, who had brought them in or whether there were any chemical weapons involved or not.”

Tuesday’s alleged gas attack in the Idlib town of Khan Shaykhun killed at least 86 people.

Russia and Syria say the army’s airstrike had targeted a depot where terrorists stockpiled chemical weapons.

Anti-Damascus militants and Western countries rushed to blame Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the Idlib incident, without providing any evidence to support their accusations.

Using the Idlib tragedy as a pretext, US President Donald Trump ordered Washington’s warships in the eastern Mediterranean to launch a missile strike against Shayrat Airfield in Syria’s Homs Province on Friday, which Washington alleged was the origin of the alleged chemical attacks.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani slammed the US for taking unilateral military action against Syria and killing innocents, saying the Americans see themselves as the “world leader” and “world’s gendarme.”

“The man (Trump), who now rules the US, claimed that he wanted to fight terrorists, but with this move, all terrorists in Syria are happy and celebrating,” he added.

The Iranian chief executive further denounced the assault on Shayrat Airfield as “a heinous and outrageous act of aggression” that ran contrary to all international principles.

The Iranian president concluded by saying that the Americans even bypassed their own Congress and did not ask for its permission.

On a Twitter post on Friday, President Rouhani had censured the attack and said the aggression would boost terrorism in the region and strengthen lawlessness and instability in the world.

The US aggression has drawn widespread condemnations, with Syria accusing Washington of acting as an “accomplice” to terrorist groups operating in the Arab country.

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