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Nikki Haley: US 'Prepared to Do More' Against Syria

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By    |   Friday, 07 Apr 2017 04:16 PM

Following the U.S. missile attack against Syria on Thursday, President Donald Trump is "prepared to do more" if President Bashar al-Assad fails to follow a U.N. Security Council agreement, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Friday.

"The United States took a very measured step last night. We are prepared to do more, but we hope that will not be necessary. It is time for all civilized nations to stop the horrors that are taking place in Syria and demand a political solution," Haley told the U.N. Security Council, reported the Washington Examiner.

Russia's support for Syria has often led to clashes with other nations seeking to target Assad through Security Council avenues. Haley joined with her counterpart from the U.K. to mock Russia to persuade it to change course, unlike the administration of former President Barack Obama, where officials often used verbal condemnations of Assad's actions.

"Let's think about the possible reasons for Russia's failure," Haley said. "It could be that Russia is knowingly allowing chemical weapons to remain in Syria. It could be that Russia has been incompetent in its efforts to remove the chemical weapons. Or, it could be that the Assad regime is playing the Russians for fools, telling them that there are no chemical weapons, all the while stockpiling them on their bases."

And Matthew Rycroft, the U.K.'s representative to the U.N., said, "Russia sits here today humiliated by its failure to bring to heel a puppet dictator entirely propped up by Russia itself and Hezbollah and Iran."

The statements didn't come without response from Vladimir Safronkov, Russia's deputy ambassador to the U.N., who told the Security Council the comments were "insult[ing] rhetoric."

"I'd like to just say that, as Ms. Haley has just assumed her new office, that she does have a genuine opportunity and as the permanent representative of the U.S. and member of the Security Council to establish a healthy, collective work environment in the Security Council," Safronkov said. "But, this will not be done if you give the national point of view full on, what is absolute truth. I'd like first of all to ensure that we have mutually respectful work in the Security Council."

Safronkov was less charitable to Rycroft, telling him, "All Arab countries recall your colonial hypocrisy."

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Following the U.S. missile attack against Syria on Thursday, President Donald Trump is "prepared to do more" if President Bashar al-Assad fails to follow a U.N. Security Council agreement, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Friday.
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