Syrian Ambassador to Tehran Adnan Hassan Mahmoud underlined that his country will give a crushing response to any possible US attack. “In defense of its nation, Syria will decisively respond to any act of aggression by the US and aggressors will pay a heavy price for their assault on the country,” the Syrian envoy said on Sunday. Mahmoud strongly rejected the accusations of chemical weapons use by the Syrian government, saying such groundless claims are pretexts to justify military action against Syria following the strategic success gained by the Syrian army over extremist groups. Earlier this week, Syrian Defense Minister Fahd Jasem al-Freij said the Syrian army and people are ready to confront any form of military aggression on the country by western powers, promising to decisively respond to any attack. Al-Freij stressed that criminal terrorists have deliberately used chemical weapons, killing women and innocent children to get more support from the West in order to blackout their defeat, thus misleading the public opinion to justify their continued crimes, Al-Manar reported. The US and other western countries have adopted the rhetoric of war against Syria over allegations that the Syrian government was behind a recent chemical attack near Damascus. The call for military strike intensified after the militants operating inside Syria and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition claimed on August 21 that hundreds had been killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds in the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar. The Syrian government has strongly denied the claim, accusing the militants of the attack.