'Incontrovertible' sarin gas used in Syria: watchdog

"I have reviewed the (White House's) document carefully, and I believe it can be shown, without doubt, that the document does not provide any evidence whatsoever that the USA government has concrete knowledge that the government of Syria was the source of the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria at roughly 6am to 7am on 4 April, 2017", the expert has said.

He added: "It is my belief, though I stress no such decision has yet been taken, that were such a request to be made in future, were it to be a reasonable request in pursuit of similar objectives, then I think it would be very hard for the United Kingdom to say no".

Johnson also commanded UK's own efforts in investigating the chemical incident in Khan Sheikhoun, claiming that it is "thanks in large measure to UK diplomacy, the United Nations now has a joint investigative mechanism with a mandate to identify any party responsible for chemical attacks in Syria".

"We hope that members of the OPCW Executive Council, as well as of the Technical Secretariat, will show high responsibility at this sensitive time", he said.

The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched a sarin gas attack earlier this month on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province, killing 87 civilians.

The entire stockpile was said to have been dismantled and shipped out under global supervision in 2014 and destroyed.

On April 4, the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces blamed the Syrian government for an alleged chemical weapons attack in Khan Shaykhun.

When questioned whether removing Assad would merely pave the way for an Islamist regime, Mr Johnson said there was "no future" for the Syrian dictator given his war crimes.

"The essential thing will be to have a political process that preserves the institutions of the Syrian state while decapitating the monster", he said. Top Assad ally, Russia, has asserted a Syrian government airstrike hit a rebel chemical weapons factory, causing the disaster.

Mr Johnson also suggested that Britain could support the United States in the event of further missile strikes on Syria.

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