( April 6, 2017, New York City, Sri Lanka Guardian) President Donald Trump’s envoy threatened unilateral U.S. action if the world body failed to act. “There are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action,” Haley declared
Russia’s Foreign Ministry has rejected a draft UN Security Council resolution condemning an apparent chemical-weapons attack in Syria’s Idlib Province that left dozens killed and injured.
Moscow said that the poison gas belonged to rebels and had leaked from an insurgent weapons depot hit by Syrian bombs.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on April 5 that the resolution — drafted by the United States, Britain, and France — was “categorically unacceptable” and obviously was drawn up in haste.
Leaders and officials in other countries, including Britain and Israel, joined the U.S. in saying Assad’s forces were responsible.
At least 72 people died in the town of Khan Sheikhoun. The World Health Organization said victims seemed to show symptoms consistent with nerve agent exposure. Videos from the scene showed volunteer medics using firehoses to wash the chemicals from victims’ bodies and lifeless children being piled in heaps.