The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, told CBS TV channel’ “Face the Nation” program that the United States would announce new economic sanctions on Russia as early as Monday, April 16, aimed at companies “that were dealing with equipment” related to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s alleged chemical weapons use.
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday, April 15, that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.
“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said addressing the 193-member General Assembly ahead of Thursday’s vote on Jerusalem.
“We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations, and so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit,” she continued.
Nevertheless 128 countries voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to renounce its recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, nine voted against and 35 abstained. Twenty-one countries did not cast a vote. The document is non-binding.
After the vote Haley asked the 64 countries who voted ‘no’, abstained or did not cast a vote to come to a January New Year reception “to thank you for your friendship to the United States,” according to the invitation sent around.
The United States warned North Korea’s leadership it would be “utterly destroyed” in case of war break out after Pyongyang again launched this time its most advanced missile, putting the U.S. mainland within range, in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.
The Trump administration has repeatedly stated all options are on the table in dealing with North Korea’s ballistic and nuclear weapons programmes, including military ones, but that it still prefers a diplomatic option.
Speaking at an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting, U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley said the United States had never sought war with North Korea.
“If war does come, it will be because of continued acts of aggression like we witnessed yesterday,” she said. “…and if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.”
Haley said the United States has asked China to cut off oil supply to North Korea, a drastic step that Beijing – the North’s neighbour and sole major trading partner – has so far refrained from doing. Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping talked on the phone earlier on this week.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis showed reserve about the existence of military options on North Korea that might spare Seoul from a brutal counterattack but declined to say what kind of options he was talking about or whether they involved the use of lethal force.
Asked whether there were any military options the United States could take with North Korea that would not put Seoul at grave risk, Mattis said: “Yes there are. But I will not go into details.”
Pressed on whether that might include so-called “kinetic” options that use lethal force, Mattis said: “I don’t want to go into that.”
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley previously said on the U.N. Security Council had run out of options on containing North Korea’s nuclear program and that the United States might have to turn the matter over to the Pentagon.
Seoul is within artillery range of North Korea, which beyond nuclear and conventional weapons is also believed to have a sizable chemical and biological arsenal.
The photos of gassed Syrian babies, which visibly moved US President Trump, and were displayed as a major piece of evidence against President Assad at the UN by ambassador Nikki Haley are in the centre of an international scandal accused of fraud.
Swedish Doctors For Human Rights (swedhr.org) analysed videos – the rescue operations after an alleged chemical attack by Syrian government forces. The doctors found that the videos were counterfeit, where even Arabic stage directions were overheard, and that the alleged “Rescue” in actuality is a murder. On first analysis, it looked as though the doctors working on the child assumed he was already dead.
However, after broader investigation, our SweDoctors team ascertained that the boy was unconscious from an overdose of opiates. The video shows the child receiving injections in his chest, perhaps in the area of the heart and was eventually killed while a clearly fake adrenaline injection was administered.
The Chairman of the association, Professor Prof. Marcello Ferrade de Noli, published at the beginning of March 2017 a first article with an analysis of the case: “Swedish Doctors for Human Rights: White Helmets video, macabre manipulation of dead children and staged chemical weapons attack to justify a” No-fly Zone “in Syria”.
This was followed by more macabre discoveries in the videos not seen initially in the article White Helmets Movie: Updated Evidence from Swedish Doctors Confirm Fake Life Saving Practices Injure Children.
The collective findings of the Swedish doctors with regard to the propaganda and fakery by al-Qaeda/Al Nusra in Syria are in line with the findings of leading German and International Scientists for Syria War.
The head of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Council of Federation, Konstantin Kosachev, defined as a ‘sabotage’ the statement of the US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley about the inability to find a political solution to the conflict in Syria. He wrote about it in Facebook.
In an interview with CNN, Haley said that while Bashar Assad is in power in Syria, it is not possible to find an opportunity for a political settlement.
“Calling a spade a spade, this is a direct sabotage of the efforts of the world community to launch a process of political negotiations between the authorities and the opposition. The United States will read the opinion in the ranks of both moderate and armed opposition. And what’s the point after that to go to Astana or to Geneva, they will ask? “- wrote Kosachev.
The senator also believes that after the words of Hayley, representatives of the armed opposition of Syria will again take up arms.
The EU and US policy towards Israeli-Palestinian peace process close come into a collision. While the Members of the European Parliament (MEP) call the EU and its member states to recognise Palestinian statehood, the US administration reportedly considers abandoning the UN Human Rights Council in disagreement over its policy towards Israel.
Led by delegation chair Neoklis Sylikiotis, the five MEPS visited Jerusalem and the West Bank on 20-24 February. In addition MEPs discussed the Israeli government’s recent decision to retroactively legalize settlements on the West Bank (pictured).
While in Jerusalem and the West Bank on 20-24 February, the cross-party delegation of MEPs met Palestinian Authority officials, communities at risk of forced displacement and civil society organisations battling Israel’s settlement expansion.
The delegation chair Neoklis Sylikiotis , a Cypriot member of the GUE/NGL group, described Israel’s recent decision to build 3,000 new homes in the West Bank as a “new violation of the rights of Palestinians to self-determination.”
Meanwhile, the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley challenged the Human Rights Council for “breathtaking double standards” and “outrageously biased resolutions” against Israel, during a press conference after her first meeting with the UN Security Council.
According to the recent media reports, the US administration is considering to leave the UN HR Council, however the US delegation confirmed it is intention to work full force in coming months. The independent experts consider the leak about the US departure as a method of exercising pressure on the UN body to take more objective approach towards Israel.
President Trump is considering himself a good friend of Israel, confirming that his friendship goes beyond politics: his daughter Ivanka and his grandchildren are Jewish.