The official also said that the United States bombing was meant to send a message to the Syrian regime that any use of chemical weapon will not be tolerated by the US. Syria's governmental SANA news agency said six people died, but later reported the deaths of nine civilians. Describing the strike on Shayrat airbase as a "very measured step", the USA ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, told the Security Council: "We are prepared to do more, but we hope it will not be necessary". "So the strike was a message to Bashar al-Assad that your multiple violations of your agreements at the United Nations, your agreements under the chemical weapons charter back in 2013 that those would not go without a response in the future".
The US has warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad it is prepared to take further military action if he uses chemical weapons again amid mounting tensions with Russian Federation over air strikes.
US President Donald Trump has sent a letter to the US Congress, informing them about the US missile strike against the Syrian Air Force base, and stating that the US will take additional action to further the country's national interests, the White House said Saturday. The OPCW in 2016 said that due to gaps and inconsistencies in Syria's declaration its compliance with the chemical weapons treaty could not be fully verified.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Moscow as planned after the G7 meeting in Italy this week.
Sources close to Johnson said he would instead "lead efforts to bring together a coalition of support against ongoing Russian activity and the Syrian regime".
He also slammed Russian Federation for its support to the Assad regime.
The OPCW said in April 2015 that members of the body have raised questions about Syria's declaration of complete disarmament.
Saudi Arabia said the missile launch was the right response to "the crimes of this regime to its people in light of the failure of the worldwide community to stop it".
The Syria strike seemed meant to be a limited one, and occurred late at night when most people working at the base would have gone home for the day.
The US is prepared to do more in Syria to prevent the use of chemical weapons, said its ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley following a US missile attack on Syiran air base.
Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the U.S. missile attack on the Syrian military airfield violated global law. The attack occurred in the Shuaib al-Zeker area, near where US -backed Syrian fighters have been on the offensive against IS under the cover of coalition airstrikes. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press", said removing Assad from power would require the United States to commit thousands more troops to the country to create safe-haven areas for the opposition to regroup, retrain and ultimately take control of the country.