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Nikki Haley warns UN security council U.S. may hit Syria again

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 7/04/2017 LARRY McSHANE

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley © STEPHANIE KEITH/REUTERS United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley The nation’s top diplomat promised a repeat of the U.S. missile strike on Syria unless President Bashar Assad ends his murderous reliance on chemical weapons.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, promised in no uncertain terms that the White House would not turn a blind eye toward any future atrocities.

“The United States took a very measured step last night,” Haley said Friday at a meeting of the UN Security Council. “We are prepared to do more. We hope that is not necessary.”

The UN session, with the media admitted at Haley’s insistence, came hours after President Trump ordered the firing of 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian air base in retaliation for a chemical weapon attack two days earlier.

The death toll, including men, women and children, climbed to 87 victims in the Syrian town.

“The United States will not stand by when chemical weapons are used,” vowed Haley.

The American bombing was “fully justified ... the moral stain of the Assad regime could no longer go unanswered,” she continued. “It was time to say enough.”

Haley also blasted the Iranian and Russian governments as enablers of the Assad regime’s bloodlust.

The United Nations Security Council will receive a Friday morning briefing. - Mass Communication Spc. Ford Williams/U.S. Navy via AP © Provided by New York Daily News The United Nations Security Council will receive a Friday morning briefing. - Mass Communication Spc. Ford Williams/U.S. Navy via AP

“Every time Assad has crossed the line of decency, Russia has stood beside him,” Haley charged.

But Vladimir Safronkov, the Russian deputy ambassador to the UN, fired back that the Americans overstepped their boundaries with the Thursday missile attack.

“We call upon the United States to immediately cease its aggression and join those efforts to seek a political solution in Syria,” said Safronkov.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 5: Members of the United Nations Security Council meet at U.N. headquarters, April 5, 2017 in New York City. The Security Council is holding emergency talks on Wednesday following one of the worst chemical attacks in Syria. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) - Drew Angerer/Getty Images © Provided by New York Daily News NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 5: Members of the United Nations Security Council meet at U.N. headquarters, April 5, 2017 in New York City. The Security Council is holding emergency talks on Wednesday following one of the worst chemical attacks in Syria. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) - Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The emergency session at the UN’s Manhattan headquarters was requested by Bolivia. But Haley rejected the Bolivian call for a secret session behind closed doors — with her move apparently aimed at the Russians.

“Any country that chooses to defend the atrocities of the Syrian regime will have to do so in full public view, for all the world to hear,” said Haley before her tirade against Assad.

The council is composed of 15 nations, including its five permanent members: China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Trump, in announcing the attack, urged other countries to join the U.S. in moving “to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria.”

He specifically blamed Assad for the chemical attack using banned gases unleashed on a northern town controlled by forces opposing the Syrian government.

The missile strikes were hailed by a variety of nations, including England, Italy, Israel, Denmark, Canada and the United Arab Emirates.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry described the missile attack as “a flagrant aggression” and accused the U.S. of attempting to “weaken the strength of the Syrian army in confronting terrorist groups.”

The missiles targeted the airstrips, hangars, control tower and ammunition areas at the Shayrat air base in central Syria. At least seven people were killed in the attack.

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