Tillerson: US ready to use force in response to the use of chemical weapons
WASHINGTON, February 16. /TASS./ The requirements of the USA about inadmissibility of use of chemical weapons during conflict is absolutely serious that Washington had already shown what the consequences might be.
About it in interview to the program “60 minutes” on CBS, said the Secretary of state of the United States Rex Tillerson.
The head of the state Department reminded that, according to the United States, Russia bears a “special responsibility” to prevent such attacks in Syria “because of the obligations that they have assumed for the destruction of chemical weapons”. Tillerson acknowledged that this position is not much different from the previous Washington administration.
“I think the only difference is the consequences. And the President [of the United States Donald trump] has already demonstrated that the consequences will be,” he said.
“As in April of last year, we are serious in our demands that chemical weapons should not be a regular and usual means in any conflict,” said Tillerson. An excerpt from his interview published Thursday on the website of CBS, totally it will be shown on Sunday.
At the beginning of April 2017, the US Armed forces by order of the trump 59 launched cruise missiles “Tomahawk” to the military airport in the Syrian province of HOMS. A rocket attack was a response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Idlib province. The US government then argued that since the airfield was started by a chemical attack.
The Syrian government denied any involvement in the use of chemical warfare agents. Moscow is also convinced that Damascus did not use chemical weapons.