U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley alerted members of the Security Council on Friday that the United States is prepared to engage in additional military action against Syria.
“The United States took a very measured step last night,” Haley said. “We are prepared to do more, but we hope that will not be necessary.”
Haley’s statement followed the retaliatory U.S. missile strike on a Syrian military air base early Friday morning. The strike was in response to a chemical weapons attack in northern Syria Tuesday allegedly perpetrated by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Tuesday’s attack killed more than 80 people, including many children. The U.S. military action was praised by many world leaders, although Russia, an ally of Assad, criticized the attack as an act of “aggression.”
The emergency Security Council meeting on Friday was called by Russia, whose U.N. representative, Vladimir Safronkov, condemned the U.S. attack and accused the United States of aiding terrorist groups in Syria. Safronkov said, “It’s not difficult to imagine the spirits of these terrorists have been raised after the support from Washington.”
Haley said it has been found, beyond any doubt, that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons against its own people multiple times, and Tuesday the Assad regime launched another attack on civilians. “Assad did this because he thought it could get away with it. He thought he could get away with it because he knew Russia would have his back. That changed last night,” Haley stated.
She slammed the Iranian and Russian governments for their roles in supporting Assad’s regime. Haley said Russia was supposed to make sure chemical weapons were all removed from Syria, but they have not.
Watch her full, scathing report below.
H/T: Fox 10 News
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