CNN: US Ponders Unilateral Action against Syria
The United States may have to take action against Syria without the support of one of its staunchest allies after British lawmakers voted against a proposal for military action, CNN reported, citing officials.
Washington will continue to consult with Britain, but "President Obama's decision-making will be guided by what is in the best interests of the United States," National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement issued Thursday evening.
The reaction followed news the House of Commons rebuffed Prime Minister David Cameron's call for a strong response to claims Syria used chemical weapons against its own people.
"He ‘[Obama] believes that there are core interests at stake for the United States and that countries who violate international norms regarding chemical weapons need to be held accountable," Hayden said.
Unilateral action was "a possibility" following the results of the late-night Parliament vote in London, a senior US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told CNN.
"We care what they think. We value the process. But we're going to make the decision we need to make," the official said.
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