Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

United Nations to vote three times on Syria as US, Russia duel

United Nations to vote three times on Syria as US, Russia duel

The president told his cabinet that the USA would learn who was responsible for the attack, whether it was Syria, Russia, Iran or "all of them together".

Asked if President Vladimir V. Putin of Russian Federation, with whom Trump has sought to forge a friendship, bears responsibility, the President said: "He may and if he does it's going to be very tough, very tough".

Trump said the administration is talking to military leaders about an appropriate response.

According to the USA official, one option being considered is striking at the Assad regime's command and control headquarters for the Syrian military. They see our resolve breaking, they see our determination to stay in Syria waning and it's no accident they used chemical weapons.

The PM said the attack in Douma was part of a "troubling wider pattern of acts of aggression" and abuse of worldwide norms on the use of chemical weapons.

Russian Federation rejected a new USA proposal at the United Nations on Monday to set up an investigation to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

"Everybody's going to pay a price".

"That will give the United States and possibly France an excuse for military action", said Gowan.

More than 133,000 people have fled a suburb of the Syrian capital, Damascus, in the face of the government's military onslaught, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday.


"We are very concerned when a thing like that can happen", Trump said at the outset of a Cabinet meeting while reporters were present. "He'll pay a price". Monday was the first day on the job for his new national security adviser, John Bolton, who has previously advocated military action against Syria.

He promised a decision on a possible military response within 24 to 48 hours, "probably by the end of today". Trump signaled last month that he wanted a complete withdrawal of US forces in Syria, taking observers by surprise.

The Foreign Secretary said: "Hugely disappointing that Russian Federation vetoed the proposal at the United Nations for an independent investigation into Syrian chemical attacks".

But France's Permanent Representative Francois Delattre countered that only the Syrian government and its allies had the capability to developing the chemical and said that there was no doubt about who carried out the attacks. Rescue workers say dozens of civilians were killed there.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley didn't raise the prospect of military action directly but hinted the U.S. may not wait for the findings of a United Nations investigation.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley told Security Council diplomats that the United States wanted a vote on the measure, even though Russian Federation said it contained "some unacceptable elements".

"History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria", Haley added.

"But we can't let atrocities like we all witnessed ... we can't let that happen in our world ... especially when we're able to because of the power of the United States, the power of our country, we're able to stop it".

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