Washington warns regime if chemical weapons used, Turkey acquiesces to its pressure despite quarrelsome

America has shown signs that the Syrian regime might resume the use of chemical weapons, promising it of a quick and proportionate response, and urged to adopt a Syrian plan to prevent the concentration of Iran and Hezbollah, while Turkey complied with American pressure despite its belligerent statements, as it closed its ports to Iran.

On Wednesday morning, the Arab newspapers touched upon the US moves on the use of the Syrian regime of chemical weapons.

AL-Sharq al-Awsat: Washington monitors chemical evidence in Syria ... and vows regime

Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said, "The United States announced that it had monitored the possibility of the Syrian regime's resuming the use of chemical weapons, and promised of a quick and proportionate response. Moreover, most members of the US Congress urged President Donald Trump to adopt a "Syrian plan" in order to prevent the concentration of Iran and Hezbollah, and to put pressure on Russia and ensure Israel's security."

We are still gathering information about an alleged chlorine gas-attack in northwestern Syria, but we reiterate our warning that if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons, the United States and our allies will respond quickly and proportionately," the State Department said in a statement quoted by Reuters.

In a letter signed by 400 members of the Republican and Democratic Parties in the House of Representatives and the Senate, which includes 535 members, the deputies said that "the Middle East is witnessing a destabilization of its stability and security following the actions of the Iranian regime, which are conductive to the threat, as Iran is working hard in Syria to establish a permanent military presence that will threaten our allies in the region."

Al-Arab: Ankara complies with sanctions against Iran despite its belligerent statements

In the Turkish issue, al-Arab newspaper reported, "Turkey closed its ports to Iranian oil in full compliance with US sanctions against its main supplier, despite Ankara's public criticism against the US decision to end import exemptions and warn it of difficulties in finding alternatives."

The US decision to reinstate sanctions on Iran's oil sector ended with a six-month exemption granted by Turkey and other seven major importers to the Iranian crude as Washington stepped up efforts to isolate Iran and deprive it of oil revenues.



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