TEHRAN, April 7 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the U.S. missile attack on a Syrian army airbase, calling it a "dangerous" action, state TV reported on Friday.

The U.S. missile attack in Syria is a "pretext for unilateral action, dangerous, destructive and violation of peremptory principles of international laws," Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said Friday.

The United States launched 59 Tomahawks at the Shayrat Airport in central Syria late Thursday, the Pentagon confirmed, saying the strike was intended to deter the Syrian government from using chemical weapons again.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said on Thursday that the Syrian recent airstrike on a rebel-held town in Idlib province in northwestern Syria struck a rebel depot containing chemical materials, denying that the air force fired toxic gas during the attack.