Jerusalem: President Donald Trump’s national security adviser warned on Wednesday the US would respond “very strongly” if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons in an offensive to retake Idlib province.
“We now see plans for the Syrian regime to resume offensive military activities in Idlib province,” John Bolton told a press conference during a visit to Jerusalem. “We are obviously concerned about the possibility that Assad may use chemical weapons again,” he said.
“Just so there’s no confusion here, if the Syrian regime uses chemical weapons we will respond very strongly and they really ought to think about this a long time.” The northern province of Idlib is home to the last major rebel bastion in Syria.
In April, the US, France and Britain launched joint missile strikes on Syrian targets in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in the town of Douma that left scores dead. Bolton added the Trump administration was not seeking to oust Iran’s leadership with its reimposition of sanctions on Tehran.