USA: US, UK and France to coordinate response to alleged Syria chemical attack — State Dept

Journalist: «Has he spoken to anyone other than Foreign Secretary Johnson?» Heather Nauert, Spokesperson for the United States Department of State: «Not to my awareness. I have spoken with him on two occasions today. I don’t have any additional calls to read out for you» Journalist: «Okay. Well, do you expect him to? Because, I mean, the President has spoken now twice to President Macron and... Еще at least once to Prime Minister May.» Heather Nauert, Spokesperson for the United States Department of State: «Yes. So the President spoke with Prime Minister Theresa May. The President also spoke with Macron. I’m not sure if Acting Secretary Sullivan was on that call or not, but we are closely linked up with the White House, with the NSC, and other partners and departments on this.» *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE* Journalist: «Following up on the forensics of this, you know something was used. You don’t know exactly what or by whom. But absent hard evidence, which may take a long time, if ever, is it possible that there would not be some kind of response? Is there a threshold for taking action if it’s clear that some kind of chemical was used, and that there are only certain players who have access to such chemicals?» Heather Nauert, Spokesperson for the United States Department of State: «Well, look, we know that only certain players, to use your word, have access to these kinds of chemical weapons. We know that it requires certain kinds of delivery mechanisms to use those types of weapons. Not everyone out there has access to those delivery mechanisms. So we have that information; we’re familiar with it. I’m not going to get ahead of the President and the White House and what the interagency determines is the best route going forward, but I can tell you that we are in close coordination with our allies and partners on this.» *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE* Heather Nauert, Spokesperson for the United States Department of State: «I don’t have any calls or meetings to read out on the Russians at this point. Okay.» *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE* US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said that the United States has discussed the country's response to the alleged chemical weapon attack in Syria with the UK and France during a briefing in Washington DC on Tuesday. «We are looking for a coordinated response, whatever that response might be, to the situation in Syria», she said. «We do know that some sort of a substance was used, a chemical was used. We’re just not sure at this point today exactly what was used» Nauert added. On Saturday the 'White Helmet' organisation and other groups alleged that chemical-filled munitions were dropped over Douma on April 7 which led to the deaths of up to 70 people. Damascus has called the claims a «fabrication.»

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