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US at UN makes case for military action against Syria

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US told the UN today that no decision had been taken about military action against Syria, but use of force would be in response to multiple carried out by Bashar al-Assad's forces.

Haley made clear that the was taking time to assess the full implications of military strikes on after warned that it could lead to a dangerous US-Russian war.

Addressing the Security Council, Haley laid out Washington's case for resorting to force, challenging Russia's claim that military action would be in violation of international law.

"Our has not yet made a decision about possible action in Syria," Haley said.

"But should the and our allies decide to act in Syria, it will be in defense of a principle on which we all agree."

Citing US estimates that Assad has used "at least 50 times" in the seven-year war, Haley said: "All nations and all people will be harmed if we allow Assad to normalize the use of " The is consulting with Britain and about a joint military response to an in Douma that medics and rescuers said left at least 40 people dead on Saturday.

and have denied using in Douma on April 7, with Russian saying that had "irrefutable" evidence that the attack in Douma was a "staged event." Ahead of the meeting, Haley sounded a note of caution, saying there should be no rush to launch air strikes even though "at some point you have to do something." "You don't rush decisions like this," Haley told reporters. "If you do, you make a mistake."

Echoing the US stance, France's said Assad's had reached a "point of no return" with repeated use of

"will shoulder its responsibility to end an intolerable threat to our collective security," he added, before calling for an end to the "in " Russia's accused the West of using allegations of as a pretext to advance its sole aim in Syria of overthrowing Assad and keep Moscow's influence in check.

"The sole thing that they have an interest in is to oust the Syrian and to deter, contain the Russian Federation," Ambassador told the council session.

He called on the United States, and Britain "not to bring the world to such a dangerous threshold." has told the that it will not allow its troops on the ground in Syria to be put at risk by military action, even though the two countries have contacts to avoid such direct confrontation.

The warning from came as warned that increasing tensions over Syria could lead to "full-blown military escalation." Guterres urged the to "act responsibly in these dangerous circumstances.

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 01:05 IST