British Prime Minister Theresa May has called government ministers to a Thursday cabinet meeting on Syria, which media reports said was likely to lead to London joining in a military response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later insisted no final decisions had been taken and that "all options are on the table".
Mrs May faces growing impatience from Washington, where President Donald Trump tweeted the missiles "will be coming".
Following the Saturday attack, the prime minister urged that "all the indications are that the Syrian regime was responsible" and that Syria's "continued use of chemical weapons can not go unchallenged".
May recalled the ministers from their Easter holiday for the meeting in Downing Street to discuss Britain's response to what she has cast as a barbaric attack that can not go unchallenged.
Theresa May's Cabinet has agreed Britain needs to take action on the Syrian regime.
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After meeting for more than two hours, the Cabinet backed May's plan to work with the USA and France "to coordinate an global response".
British Prime Minister Theresa May's senior ministers agreed on the need for action at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, but Downing Street did not specify what measures the United Kingdom would take, reports CNN.
After the meeting, in which every minister present spoke, Downing Street also revealed the Cabinet "agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged".
This afternoon Cabinet met and received an update on the attack against innocent civilians in Douma, Syria, on Saturday. "And we will be working with our closest allies on how we can ensure that those who are responsible are held to account and how we can prevent and deter the humanitarian catastrophe that comes from the use of chemical weapons in the future".
Russian Federation is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's most powerful ally in the years-long civil war against rebel groups.
Royal Navy submarines have already been ordered into range to launch Tomahawk cruise missile strikes as early as Thursday night, according to reports. Inspectors with the global chemical weapons watchdog, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, are due to investigate the incident.
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"Parliament should always be given a say on any military action", opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told the BBC.
Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said it is "vital that parliament has the chance to debate and decide in advance" of any military action, which he warned "risks a risky escalation of the conflict".
'The dangers of bombing now could escalate the conflict beyond belief - just imagine if an American missile shoots down a Russian plane or vice versa.
A YouGov poll in The Times conducted this week found that 43 percent of voters oppose strikes in Syria, with 34 percent unsure and only 22 percent supportive.
In 2015 lawmakers approved United Kingdom strikes on Islamic State group targets in Syria, but not on government forces.
British lawmakers voted down taking military action against Damascus in 2013, in what was widely viewed as an assertion of parliamentary sovereignty on the use of force. That then deterred the USA administration of Barack Obama from similar action.
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