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Nikki Haley suggests that the United States might take further military action in Syria

Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, leaves Friday after presiding at a United Nations Security Council meeting on Syria at the UN headquarters in New York. "We are prepared to do more,” Haley said. “But we hope that will not be necessary." (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Friday that the United States is “prepared to do more” about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime in the wake of a suspected chemical attack earlier this week that left dozens dead.

"Bashar al-Assad must never use chemical weapons again, ever,” Haley said in remarks at the U.N. the day after President Donald Trump ordered a strike on a Syrian airfield in retaliation for the chemical attack.

Haley called the airstrike “a very measured step,” and that the U.S. was “justified” in carrying it out.

“The United States will not stand by when chemical weapons are used,” she said. “It is in our vital national security interest to prevent the spread and use of chemical weapons."

"We are prepared to do more,” Haley continued. “But we hope that will not be necessary. It is time for all civilized nations to stop the horrors that are taking place in Syria and demand a political solution."

Haley said that the Assad regime isn’t the only “guilty party,” noting that Iran props up the regime and that “the Russian government also bears considerable responsibility.”

“Every time Assad has crossed the line of human decency, Russia has stood beside him,” she said, adding that Assad carried out the attack “because he thought he could get away with it.”

“He thought he could get away with it, because he knew Russia had its back," she said, noting that Russia was “supposed to have removed all the chemical weapons from Syria, but obviously, that has not happened.”

“The world is waiting for the Russian government to act responsibly in Syria," she argued. "The world is waiting for Russia to reconsider its misplaced alliance with Bashar al-Assad.”

"The United States will no longer wait for Assad to use weapons without any consequences,” she said. “Those days are over.”

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