Moscow to propose United Nations resolution to probe alleged Syria chemical attack
Apr 12 2018 by Desiree Burns
Trump administration officials consulted with global allies Tuesday on a possible joint military response to Syria's alleged poison gas attack, as President Donald Trump canceled a foreign trip in order to manage a crisis that is testing his vow to stand up to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Trump "will remain in the United States to oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world", she said, adding that Pence would also make the planned stop in Colombia.
Recalling her words a day earlier where she said the world "must see justice done" following Saturday's chemical attack on Douma, Haley said the countries that supported the USA resolution couldn't let another such attack occur without a response.
Russian Federation however, vetoed the resolution, the 12th such time Moscow has used its veto power at the council to block action targeting its Syrian ally.
Lemire reported from New York City.
The White House said that Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May on April 10 "agreed not to allow the use of chemical weapons to continue" in a telephone call.
In New York, U.N. Security Council diplomats said the United States called for a vote on a resolution that would condemn the continuing use of chemical weapons in Syria "in the strongest terms" and establish a new body to determine responsibility for chemical attacks.
As the showdown between Russia and the United States got underway, Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused the United States of "planting this resolution" as a "pretext" to justify action against Syria.
A strike from the US would set a new precedent and could risk escalating tensions with Iran and Russian Federation, whose United Nations ambassador warned of "grave repercussions" if the USA does take military action.
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Russian Federation and Bolivia voted against the draft resolution fostered by the United States, China abstained and 12 members of the Security Council voted in favor.
Trump has been mulling response to the alleged "chemical attack" that occurred in Syria on Saturday.
May said she would chair a meeting of Britain's National Security Council later on Tuesday.
That panel concluded that the Syrian Air Force dropped the deadly nerve agent sarin on the village of Khan Sheikhun in April 2017, killing almost 100 people.