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President Donald Trump has defended the use of the term "mission accomplished" amid criticism following US, UK and French strikes on targets in Syria. Could not have had a better result.

The U.S. has raised the prospect of more sanctions against Russian Federation. "So it was mission accomplished".

Russian Federation on Saturday asked the UN Security Council to condemn the "aggression" against Syria from military strikes carried out by the United States, Britain, and France, according to a draft resolution seen by AFP. Moscow criticised the joint United Nations and OPCW inquiry as flawed.

By late Saturday in Washington, more than 12 hours after the attack, neither Syria nor its Russian or Iranian allies had retaliated, Pentagon officials said.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said 105 missiles were launched by air and sea, all hitting their targets within minutes. The government-run Syrian Central Media said the missiles targeted the Shayrat air base in Homs.

It was unclear whether Trump thought sarin had been used when he said on Twitter on Wednesday that USA missiles "will be coming" and accused Assad of being a "Gas Killing Animal". He said the US knew of no civilians killed by allied missiles.

Damascus and its ally Moscow say the allegations of a chemical attack are "fabrications".

The Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Storage Facility in Syria on Saturday, April 14, 2018, following a US -led allied missile attack. Syria has denied the accusation.

The Kremlin released a statement from Putin saying the strike was an "act of aggression against a sovereign state which is in the front line in the fight against terrorism", and that there was no proof a chemical weapons attack had taken place. Less than one year after the U.S. Assad's Barzah research and development center in the Damascus area was destroyed, the general said.

A Syrian refugee praised President Trump for his decision, unlike his predecessor, to "do something" about the chemical attacks in his country.

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The Russian military, meanwhile, claims to have struck down a majority of the missiles. He criticized the USA and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for worldwide inspectors to visit the area.

Speaking to the BBC on Tuesday morning (AEST), Mr Lavrov again denied chemical weapons had been used in Douma. Russia's defense ministry said more than 100 cruise missiles were fired.

On Friday, the U.S., France and the United Kingdom launched a series of airstrikes meant to cripple Syria's ability to manufacture chemical weapons, which Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been using against his own people. The U.S. says it suspects that sarin gas also was used.

It "demands that the U.S. and its allies immediately and without delay cease the aggression against the Syrian Arab republic and demands also to refrain from any further use of force in violation of global law and the United Nations charter".

But the United Kingdom envoy to the OPCW said in a tweet Monday that "Russia and Syria have not yet allowed access to Douma".

The ambassador to the U.N. said Russian Federation has blocked six attempts by the U.N. Security Council to make it easier to investigate the use of chemical weapons. "Unfettered access essential. Russian Federation and Syria must cooperate".

In a TV interview Sunday night, Mr. Macron took the credit for the strike in Syria, saying he worked out a list of targets with Mr. Trump and persuaded him to limit action to chemical-weapons facilities. He authorized a barrage of Tomahawk cruise missiles to hit a single Syrian airfield in April 2017 in retaliation for Assad's use of sarin gas against civilians.

That inquiry ended in November after Russian Federation, which backs Assad, blocked three attempts by the U.N. Security Council to renew its mandate.

Kim Hyun-Wook noted "The U.S. can see North Korea as an autocratic state or human rights violator", and then it can remove Kim Jong Un if he does not have nuclear weapons.

"The worldwide community will not allow chemical weapons to come back into our everyday life", she said in an interview aired Sunday.

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