Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has said “terrorists are celebrating” US strikes on a Syrian airbase.
His comments echo the response from Russia, which like Iran is allied to Syria, and from Syria itself.
Syria denies using nerve gas, saying instead that its missiles struck a storage facility where rebel forces were keeping chemical weapons.
The UK’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has since called off a visit to Moscow, saying the situation had changed “fundamentally” and he would work with the US in pursuit of a ceasefire.
What did Iran’s president say?
In a speech broadcast on state television, Mr Rouhani said: “The man who is now in office in America claimed that he wanted to fight terrorism. But today, all the terrorists in Syria are celebrating this US attack.
“Why did you help terrorist groups and support them in your first move?”
But he backed calls for an independent inquiry into the suspected chemical weapons attack.
The US provides arms, training and military assistance to what it calls “moderate” Syrian rebel groups. It has led a coalition carrying out air strikes against jihadist groups in Syria since 2014 but this is the first time it has targeted government forces.
What happened in the US air strike?
The Pentagon said the base was used to store chemical weapons and that “every precaution” had been taken to avoid casualties. The Russian military was informed beforehand, a US military spokesman said.
What have other Syria allies said?
Like Iran, Russia accused the US of encouraging “terrorists” with its air strike.
Russia’s deputy ambassador to the UN, Vladimir Safronkov, was quoted as saying: “It’s not difficult to imagine how much the spirits of these terrorists been raised.”
North Korea, meanwhile, called Friday’s strike “an unforgivable act of aggression” which showed its own decision to develop nuclear weapons was “the right choice a million times over”.
How does this change things between the US and Russia?
The decision to send cruise missiles against the Syrian government, which counts Russia as its most powerful ally, is a dramatic U-turn for the Trump administration. Just last week Mr Tillerson said the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s future would be “decided by the Syrian people”.
But the images coming out of Khan Sheikhoun appear to have changed all that.