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Chemical inspectors to begin work in Syria's Douma

16 April 2018

For adoption, a resolution requires at least nine votes in favor on the condition that none of the permanent members - Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States - votes against. "And should he use it again, the president has made it very clear that the United States is locked and loaded and ready to go".

The Syrian government has denied using chemical weapons, accusing Western powers of falsely accusing them to "prepare the ground for aggression" against the country.

Inspectors from the OPCW chemical watchdog will begin their investigation Sunday at the site of an alleged chemical attack near Damascus, a senior official said.

United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley.

She also suggested that Russian Federation wasn't helpful in pursing worldwide diplomatic responses to the chemical attack, saying the 105 missiles launched by the U.S., France and the United Kingdom at three Syrian sites connected to the making and storing of chemical weapons "didn't have to happen". The Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed these reports as fake news. "They were the result of the Syrian regime's barbaric inhumanity".

United States envoy Nikki Haley said the strikes were "justified, legitimate and proportionate".

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The strikes "will significantly impact the Syrian regime's ability to develop, deploy and use chemical weapons in the future", said Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, director of the U.S. military's Joint Staff, though he noted a "residual" element remained.

"The time for talking ended last night", Haley said, noting that the strike, which was a joint effort of the U.S., France, and the United Kingdom, was strictly done "to deter the future use of chemical weapons by holding the Syrian regime responsible for its atrocities against humanity".

Britain argued that the strikes were "both right and legal" to alleviate humanitarian suffering from repeated use of toxic gas in attacks in Syria's seven-year war. The French ambassador, François Delattre, said that Mr. Assad knew that he was flouting global norms.

Mattis said the airstrikes were met with little retaliatory action as in surface-to-air-missile activity from the Syrian regime. "Once again, it wanted to test the threshold of the worldwide community's tolerance, and it found it".

"The U.N. charter was not created to protect criminals", Delattre said. He added: "They think that they're exceptional". But they themselves seem to have skirted domestic and worldwide laws to do so.

Chemical inspectors to begin work in Syria's Douma