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Friday, 7 April 2017

US prepared to do more in Syria, hopes not necessary: UN envoy

The United States took a very measured step that was “fully justified” when it fired missiles at a Syrian airfield over a deadly toxic gas attack, said UN Ambassador Nikki Haley on Friday.


“We are prepared to do more, but we hope that will not be necessary,” she told the UN Security Council. “The United States will not stand by when chemical weapons are used. It is in our vital national security interest to prevent the spread and use of chemical weapons.”

Russian UN envoy accuses US of violating international law in Syria

Russia’s UN envoy accused the United States on Friday of violating international law by carrying out military strikes in Syria.

“The United States attacked the territory of sovereign Syria. We describe that attack as a flagrant violation of international law and an act of aggression,” Deputy Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov told the Security Council.

The council was meeting in an emergency session after the United States launched a barrage of missile strikes on a Syrian air base in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack.

France and Britain said the US response was “appropriate” and laid the blame on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
  [alarabiya.net/AFP]
7/4/17

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