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The United Nations warn that an all-out offensive on the region will lead to a humanitarian catastrophe for its nearly three million residents.
The State Department says there are signs the Syrian government may be using chemical weapons.
The United States, Britain and France had carried out a wave of strikes against Assad's regime on Saturday a week after the suspected deadly gas attack on the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will brief the council during the public meeting scheduled for 11 am.
Trump had suggested US military action could be on a large scale, but Saturday's attacks were narrowly targeted and the facilities hit had reportedly been evacuated in recent days.
Le Drian had told BFM television that France had "solid intelligence" that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was behind the gas attack.
Khamenei had said through Telegram: "The American president says he attacked Syria to fight against chemical weapons. He is lying."
The strikes hit a scientific research centre near Damascus, a weapons storage facility west of Homs and a third location that contained both a command post and an equipment storage facility in the same area.
Syrian state television had also reported a US attack on Syria, in coordination with France and Britain.
A joint US-British-French operation had been launched on Syria.
The United States earlier on Friday had blamed the Syrian government for a deadly chemical weapons attack this month and slammed Russia for failing to stop its ally, President Bashar al-Assad.
Any intervention increases the risk of a clash with Russian forces in Syria to defend Assad, and UN chief Antonio Guterres warned the Security Council to beware a "full-blown military escalation."
The US leader has made it clear he plans to make Bashar al-Assad, and perhaps his Russian and Iranian backers, pay a price for the latest alleged toxic gas atrocity of Syria's civil war.
A rival measure put forward by Moscow has failed to garner enough votes for adoption, laying bare the divisions within the council over Syria as the threat of Western military action loomed large.
The United States had put forward a draft resolution to the Security Council following alleged toxic gas use in the rebel-held town of Douma that killed at least 40 people.
Trump had also called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad an "animal."
Sunday's strikes comes despite reports of a ceasefire and the potential resumption of talks between Syria's regime and Jaish al-Islam, the last rebel faction in Ghouta.