Moscow to propose United Nations resolution to probe alleged Syria chemical attack

Moscow to propose United Nations resolution to probe alleged Syria chemical attack

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.

The OPCW has an ongoing mandate to investigate suspected chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

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.

Israel did not comment on Monday's missile strike.

Unlike the US measure, the Russian text would not have sought to assign blame for the attack, but would have rather simply sought to determine if a chemical attack took place.

Moscow has previously insisted there was no evidence for a chemical attack.

Amid the tough talk from the White House, the US military appeared to be in position to carry out any attack order.

Syrian Army soldiers on the eastern outskirts of Douma. He's often said he doesn't like to broadcast in advance what he would do, in terms of military strikes.

The White Helmets, a civil defense agency, blamed the Assad regime for the attack in Eastern Ghouta's Douma, which it said killed 78 civilians and injured hundreds of others.