U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, Russia's Vladimir Safronkov and Deputy Ambassador Mounzer Mounzer of Syria trade barbs in a Security Council meeting over the U.S. cruise missile strikes in Syria. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Tensions escalated on Friday (April 7) at the United Nations where ambassadors from Russia, Syria and the United States sparred over cruise missile strikes by the U.S. on a Syrian air base in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack. "We are prepared to do more, but we hope that will not be necessary," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley told the U.N. Security Council. "The United States will not stand by when chemical weapons are used. It is in our vital national security interest to prevent the spread and use of chemical weapons." U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the stikes for what Washington says was Syrian government forces carrying out a poison gas attack in northern Syria this week that killed at least 70 people. Russia's deputy U.N. envoy, Vladimir Safronkov, condemned the strikes as "illegitimate" and and said the consequences for regional and international stability could be extremely serious.