Iran claims Syria attack was "a new plot" for Western military action

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Qasemi
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi. Photo: Xinhua / Ahmad Halabisaz via Getty Images

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Qasemi on Sunday called reports of this weekend's alleged chemical attack by the Syrian government "a new plot" and "an excuse" by some Western countries, including the U.S., to take military action against President Bashar al-Assad, reports Iranian news agency IRNA. He added that "it will definitely increase the complexity of the situation in this country and region."

The details: Qasemi said the Syrian government "has had a good cooperation" with the United Nations on chemical issues and that the alleged chemical attack is not based on facts. His remarks come after President Trump blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin and the government of Iran for aiding “Animal Assad” in his civil war with rebel forces since 2011. Reports said the Saturday's gas attacks claimed the lives of at least 70 civilians.