Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday, September 26th said the United States was now sure that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s government launched a chemical strike on Idlib last May, Reuters reported.
At a news conference in New York, Pompeo said the Syrian government had used chlorine as a chemical weapon in the May attack. He declined, however, to reveal the what the nature of the US response to the attack would be.
"The Assad regime is responsible for innumerable atrocities, some of which rise to the level of war crimes and crimes against humanity," Pompeo told a news conference in New York, where he has been attending the United Nations General Assembly.
"Today I am announcing that the United States has concluded that the Assad regime used chlorine as a chemical weapon on May 19th," Pompeo said.
Pompeo also announced sanctioning two Russian entities, charging them with supplying the Syrian government with fuel.
Washington, which bombed Syria in 2017 and 2018 over the latter’s use of chemical weapons, warned in May that the Syrian government's chemical attacks could trigger a retaliatory response from the US, adding that signs indicated Damascus again used chemical weapons, the Guardian reported.