Nikki Haley warns that US forces ‘locked and loaded’ if Syria stages another chemical attack

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations told the Security Council on Saturday that the United States is “locked and loaded,” ready to launch another military strike if the Syrian government ever uses chemical weapons again.

“I spoke to the president this morning, and he said, ‘If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded,’” Nikki Haley said at an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting called by Russia after the U.S. and allies struck three targets in Syria.

“When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line,” she added, echoing earlier warnings that Western powers could strike again.

Haley’s message came after her Russian counterpart, Vassily Nebenzia, said he would ask the Security Council to condemn the pre-dawn military strikes on Syria by the United States, France and Britain — calling the attacks a violation of international law and the U.N. Charter.

“This is how you want international affairs to be conducted now?” said Nebenzia, according to a translation of his comments in Russian. “This is hooliganism in international relations, and not minor hooliganism, given that we’re talking about major nuclear powers.”

France’s U.N. ambassador, François Delattre, gave a biting response, telling Nebenzia: “That charter was not designed in order to protect criminals.”

Several diplomats at the Security Council warned of the

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