Boris says "very difficult to say no" if US ask UK to join action against Syria

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Foreign secretary Boris Johnson has said it would be "very difficult to say no" if the US asked the UK to join it in military action against Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria.

Johnson has said MPs would not necessarily vote on any action against the Assad regime. His comments come after the US undertook a missile attack on Syria following a chemical attack that killed 80 people.

Speaking on the BBC's Today Programme, Johnson said: "I think it would be very difficult if the US has a proposal to have some sort of action in response to a chemical weapons attack."

"And if they come to us and ask for our support - whether it's with submarine-based cruise missiles in the Mediterranean... in my view - and I know it's also the view of the prime minister - it would be difficult to say 'no'."

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In a busy morning of interviews, the foreign secretary also said the UK would try to dissuade US President Donald Trump from launching a military strike on North Korea.

"We don't think a military strike is likely to be succesful," Johnson said on BBC Breakfast.

It comes after he last night told an audience of ambassadors at the Lord Mayor's Banquet that Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit talks could usher in "a new era" of free trade deals.

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