Trade minister says 'no appetite' to renegotiate TPP to accommodate US

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Trump said the strikes were meant to deter the use of chemical weapons like the attack on civilians in the Syrian town of Douma last week, and that the US was prepared to continue the attacks until the Syrian regime stops using chemical weapons.

"I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad", Trump said from the White House.

"The objective of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons", he said. "The Assad regime must not be allowed to commit such crimes with impunity", Mr Turnbull said in a statement on Saturday.

"I'm supportive of this targeted attack, carried out in partnership with our allies, on the source of these barbaric chemical weapons, but as I've said before, it needs to be part of a broader strategy".

Trump said the U.S.is prepared to sustain pressure on Assad until he ends what the president called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons.

France's defence minister said its joint military operation with the U.S. and Britain against Syria targeted three sites and that Russian Federation was informed before the strikes.


There were no reports of any allied losses and only limited resistance in the form of some Syrian surface-to-air missile activity.

In another tweet today, he commented on Russian Federation and the U.S.'s dark relationship and said he wanted "all nations to work together". That could pose a challenge to the White House because these members may resist any US -endorsed changes at this stage of the process.

The internal contradictions at work in Trump's approach were on full display Friday night when the President addressed the nation. One change the new government made was to introduce new laws that will restrict the sales of New Zealand homes to foreign buyers, a provision Parker said would not change were the U.S.to join the pact.

Iran, the Assad regime's other key ally, called the US -led strikes an "aggression" that was "a flagrant violation of worldwide laws and a disregard for Syria's right of national sovereignty and territorial integrity", according to Iran's semi-official FARS News Agency.

While the United States would significantly bolster the pact if it signed up, its entry would require intense negotiations - and current members will expect significant concessions from the American side.

Japan Finance Minister Taro Aso also welcomed the US' decision to explore the possibility of rejoining the CPTPP.


Priest said the new version excludes several critical provisions that would have benefited the US had it not withdrawn from the agreement past year.

"I have done so because I judge this action to be in Britain's national interest", May said.

The world is united in its disgust for any use of chemical weapons, but especially against civilians.

Marking one of the amazingly few times Mr.Trump has told the truth, he made good on the trade threats he made as a candidate and, knowing the risks of alienating major agricultural trade partners, farmers overwhelmingly supported a candidate they knew could further worsen an already hard agriculture economy.

Sen. Angus King, i-Maine, said in a statement Friday night that the world can't tolerate the use of chemical weapons.

On Friday he called on U.S. allies to do more to stabilize Syria, drive out Assad and ensure Iran does not benefit from the defeat of the Islamic State. He said the airstrikes were launched against several sites that helped provide Assad's ability to create chemical weapons.


This story is still developing, we will bring you more details as they become available.

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