Haley says USA 'locked and loaded,' prepared to maintain pressure on Syria

Haley says USA 'locked and loaded,' prepared to maintain pressure on Syria

On the diplomatic front, Russian Federation vetoed a US-drafted resolution at the United Nations to create a new inquiry to ascertain blame for such attacks.

Russia, China and Bolivia voted for the resolution, but eight members voted against and four abstained.

"The authors are aware that [the USA draft resolution] contradicts Russian position and will not be adopted", Russian Envoy to the UN Vassily Nebenzia said.

Before the vote, Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia accused the USA of pushing for a vote as a pretext for possible use of force against Syria. "The president holds Syria and Russian Federation responsible for this chemical weapons attack".

KELEMEN: Haley says it's not the US that's a threat to peace and security but rather Syria and its backer, Russia, that are, in her words, trying to normalize the use of chemical weapons.

"I would once again ask you, once again beseech you, to refrain from the plans that you're now developing for Syria", he said after the council failed to approve a third draft resolution on chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The Russian draft would have required investigators to report to the Security Council, which could then attribute responsibility.

Last year, the United States launched strikes from two Navy destroyers against a Syrian air base.

March 19, 2013: a chemical weapons attack in Khan al Assel in Aleppo and al Atebeh in Damascus killed 25 people and injured scores more.

In the Security Council meeting, Syria's envoy to the UN Bashar Jaafari condemned the strikes on Syria as a "flagrant violation of the UN Charter" and described the USA and its allies as "liars and hypocrites" who are "supporting terrorists in Syria".

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"We do hope you will come to your senses", Nebenzia said. "Unfortunately, chemical weapons use to injure and kill innocent Syrian civilians has become all too common".

HALEY: Assad's most recent use of poison gas against the people of Duma was not his first, second, third or even 49th use of chemical weapons.

The United States insisted that the new mechanism determine the guilty parties after which the UN Security Council could sanction the military response.

It was not immediately clear whether the announcement by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons would delay or prevent a USA strike in Syria. Syria signed the Chemical Weapons Convention, agreeing to remove its chemical weapons.

European airspace authorities are warning aircraft to be careful over the next days when flying close to Syria because of possible military action against President Bashar Assad's forces.

"Not a single resident was able to confirm a chemical attack took place", he argued, saying that the US, UK and France hadn't bothered to wait for an investigation and instead had rushed to judgment "in a sign of cynical disdain a group of western countries".

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Tuesday in Paris that allies of the Syrian regime bore "particular responsibility" for a recent suspected chemical attack that has sparked global outrage.

French President Emmanuel Macron said France contributed to the US -led Syrian attacks because the "red line declared by France in May 2017 has been crossed".

The U.S., Britain and France say they launched airstrikes against Syrian chemical sites after obtaining "proof" that poisonous gas was used last weekend in Douma.

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