Haley: No political solution in Syria with Assad in power

Trump administration officials on Sunday blamed Russian inaction for enabling a deadly poison gas attack against Syrian civilians last week as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson prepared to explain to Moscow a USA retaliatory missile strike.

The Trump administration does not see a path to peace and stability in Syria with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad still in power, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday, NBC News reported.

The meeting took place as the United States and allies press for a resolution condemning the Assad regime for the bombing.

This week's airstrike "was a message to Bashar al-Assad that your multiple violations of your agreements at the United Nations, your agreements under the chemical weapons charter back in 2013, that those would not go without a response in the future", he said.

"I think the global community has pretty much spoken and Russian Federation is out there on an island saying that Assad didn't do it, because everybody else is very clear and knows that Assad did", she said. "We are prepared to do more, but we hope it will not be necessary".

That city was hit early last week by chemical weapons that USA authorities say were fired by Syrian warplanes, sparking an worldwide outcry and the US cruise missile retaliation three days later.

Much of the worldwide community rallied behind Trump's decision to fire the cruise missiles in reaction to this week's chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of men, women and children in Syria.

"I think the real failure here has been Russia's failure to live up to its commitments under the chemical weapons agreements that were entered into in 2013", Tillerson said.

Haley said the USA was prepared to take further action in Syria but hoped it wouldn't be necessary. It represents a dramatic escalation of the U.S. military campaign in the region, and could be interpreted by Syria as an act of war.

Assad's ally Russian Federation, meanwhile, declared President Donald Trump's first strike against the Damascus regime a violation of worldwide law and an "act of aggression".

Haley said "there are times when states are compelled to take their own action" and that preventing the spread and use of chemical weapons was in the US' "vital national security interest". Speaking to reporters at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, Spicer said the U.S. missile attack was "very decisive, justified and proportional".

Safronkov warned that "the consequences of this for regional and worldwide stability could be extremely serious".

Syrian Deputy UN Ambassador Mounzer Mounzer denied the country's use of chemical weapons, stating at the UN session that Syria "would never use such weapons in any of its operations against armed terrorist groups". "Let's be quite clear, the Assad regime is a client state of Russian Federation".

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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said all parties must remember their "shared duty to uphold worldwide standards of humanity".

  • Leroy Wright