'UN aside, US will respond to Assad chemical attack'

# 10 April 2018 05:04 (UTC +04:00)

The U.S. is "determined" to respond to the Assad regime’s latest use of chemical weapons on Syrian civilians, regardless of whether the UN Security Council acts or not, a top American diplomat said Monday, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

"We are beyond appeals to conscience. We have reached the moment when the world must see justice done," Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the UN, told an emergency Security Council briefing on Saturday’s attack.

"History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria," she said.

"Either way, the United States will respond."

The meeting followed U.S. President Donald Trump's statement that the decision on a U.S. response would come within the next day or two, saying: "This is about humanity and it can’t be allowed to happen,”

The meeting was called by the U.S. and eight other members of the Council to hold the Assad regime accountable and to demand an investigation and access to victims.