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US 'locked and loaded' if Syria uses chemical weapons again: Haley

Press Trust of India  |  United Nations 

The US is "locked and loaded" if uses again, America's UN said today.

The US and its allies and Britain launched air strikes, targeting sites associated with Syria's capabilities.

The joint operation was in response to a in the city of last week.

"enforces" the red line and the US will sustain the pressure on the war-torn nation, she said.

"With yesterday's military action, our message was crystal clear. The of will not allow the Assad regime to continue to use

"Last night, we obliterated the major research facility that it used to assemble weapons of mass murder," told an emergency meeting on here.

said she had spoken to Trump, who said if the Syrian regime uses "this poison gas" again, the is "locked and loaded".

"When our draws a red line, our enforces the red line," she said.

said the US successfully hit the heart of Syria's enterprise, and because of these actions, it is confident that it has crippled Syria's programme.

"We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will," said.

She blamed the and Russia's actions for failing in its duty to hold those who use to account.

"That failure is largely due to Russian obstruction. We call on to take a hard look at the company it keeps, and live up to its responsibilities as a of the Council and defend the actual principles the was meant to promote," she said.

UN told the that the airstrikes were reportedly limited to three military locations inside

The first target included the at in Damascus; the second, an alleged storage facility west of Homs; and the third, an equipment storage site and command post, also near

Guterres said the has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security and called on the members of the to unite and exercise that responsibility.

"I urge all member states to show restraint in these dangerous circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate matters and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people," the UN said.

Guterres emphasised that there is no military solution to the Syrian crisis and the solution must be "political".

Urging the to assume its responsibilities, Guterres said a "lack of accountability" emboldens those who would use such by providing them with the "reassurance of impunity".

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 23:00 IST
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