The United Nationals Security Council remained "paralyzed" on investigating the recent alleged chemical weapons use in Syria with Russian Federation and the United States continuing to shoot down each other's proposals Tuesday.
"The intelligence provided certainly paints a different picture", Sanders said.
The cautious approach of the U.S. military cadre is driven by concerns of retaliation from Russian Federation if the USA hit the Assad regime too hard or of it getting dragged into Syria's civil war. "Russia could stop this senseless slaughter if it wanted, but it stands with the Assad regime and supports without any hesitation", she added.
Nebenzia told the council Tuesday the U.S. resolution was trying to recreate the JIM, which he said "became a puppet in the hands of anti-Damascus forces". (Photo by AFP)
Jaafari described that strikes by the US, Britain and France as "another message to the terrorists" that encourages them to use chemical weapons in their future attacks."We are using the veto in order to protect global rule of law, peace and security, to make sure that you do not drag the Security Council into your adventures", Nebenzia said. The investigation mechanism ended in November 2017 after Russian Federation blocked the renewal of its mandate.
Russian Federation vetoed a Western-backed resolution in November that would have extended the mandate of the joint UN-Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons body that had blamed the Syrian government and the Islamic State extremist group for using chemical weapons.
August 10, 2016: a hospital in Aleppo reported a suspected chlorine gas attack in Aleppo.
In fact, he said, no bodies have been found - and without bodies, there could be no crime: "The bodies of the dead as result of the contamination were not found".
During an address to the Security Council, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all states "to show restraint in these unsafe circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate matters and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people".More news: Last minute tax tips before Tuesday's filing deadline
"The Council can not allow a situation of uncontrollable escalation to develop in Syria on any front", the seasoned Italian diplomat said. "I urge the Security Council to assume its responsibilities and fill this gap". To do otherwise, or simply to do nothing, is to accept tacitly or otherwise that such a challenge is insurmountable.
Seven Council members voted against the resolution, while two others - Kuwait and Cote d'Ivoire - abstained.
"The record will not be kind to one permanent member of this council".
It's also not an entirely new resolution, but one the US has been trying to get passed for months now - updated with the news of this latest reported attack and modified with some of Russia's previous demands as a sign that the U.S.is willing to negotiate on this, the diplomat added.
In the early hours of Saturday, the US, Britain and France launched a barrage of missile attacks against Syria in response to what they claim to have been a chemical attack by the Syrian government in the town of Douma in the suburb of Damascus on April 7.
The U.S., United Kingdom and France carried out the strikes in the early morning hours on targets that U.S. officials said were linked to a Syrian government chemical weapons program.
Donald Trump concluded his national security meeting on Syria without reaching a decision on the type of response his administration may take, the White House said.