United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley addresses the chemical attack in Syria during a UN Security Council meeting.
The United States “will respond” to a deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria regardless of whether the United Nations Security Council acts or not, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Monday.
“We have reached the moment when the world must see justice done,” Haley told the council.
“History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria,” she said. “Either way, the United States will respond.”
Haley said Russia had the “blood of Syrian children” on its hands.
Earlier, the UN human rights chief said world powers were treating chemical weapons use with a “collective shrug”.
“Russia could stop this senseless slaughter if it wanted to but it stands with the Assad regime”, Ambassador Haley said.
The US, France and UK have led international condemnation of the attack, with the Syrian government and its Russian backers denying any responsibility.
The initial assessment of the US government suggests that a nerve agent was used in the chemical attack in Douma, but further evidence is needed to determine what specific agent was used, US government sources said on Monday.