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US:‘all options’ still on table on Syria issues
    2018-04-13  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THE White House said Wednesday that no “final decision” has been made and all options were still on the table concerning Washington’s response to the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria.

“We’re maintaining that we have a number of options, and all of those options are still on the table. Final decisions haven’t been made yet on that front,” said the White House Spokesperson Sarah Sanders at a daily briefing Wednesday afternoon.

Sanders’ remarks came hours after U.S. President Donald Trump taunted Russia, saying that missiles “will be coming” to Syria.

“Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’” said Trump in a tweet Wednesday morning.

Sanders downplayed the possibility of an imminent strike at the briefing, saying that Trump “has not laid out a timetable.”

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis also remained cautious about taking military action against Syria, saying Washington was still “assessing intelligence” about the alleged chemical weapons attack.

“We’re still working on this,” said Mattis on Wednesday at the Pentagon when asked by reporters if there was enough evidence to blame the Syrian Government for the deadly attack. ‘ Activists, local rescuers, and rebels in Syria claim that Syrian Government forces used chlorine gas last Saturday in an attack in Douma, a rebel-held area near the capital Damascus.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry has denied the accusation, calling rebels’ claims “premeditated pretexts.”

Also, China on Thursday expressed concern over rising tensions in Syria, and called on all parties relevant to the Syria issue to remain calm and show restraint.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the remarks at a routine news briefing.

“China is worried about the possibility of escalation of tension,” Geng said.

He said Foreign Minister Wang Yi had exchanged ideas on the current situation in Syria with visiting United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

China maintains contact on this issue with other members of the UN Security Council including the United States and Russia, as well as other regional countries, Geng added.

“China always insists on a peaceful settlement of disputes, opposes usage of or threats to use military force in international relations, and always advocates handling issues in accordance with the UN Charter,” said the spokesman. (Xinhua)

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