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US says will respond to Syria chemical attack, Russia warns of repercussions

The United States said Monday at the United Nations that it “will respond” to the alleged chemical attack this past weekend in Syria, and Russia warned Washington of “grave repercussions” if it undertakes military action against the Damascus regime.

At an urgent Security Council meeting to analyze the incident in the Syrian city of Douma, the UN body on Monday was the scene of a new exchange of accusations and threats between the two powers.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said that the Council must act against the presumed use of chemical weapons, for which she blamed the regime of Bashar al-Assad, but she made it clear that her country is ready to take action alone if the international body does not do so.

“We have reached the moment when the world must see justice done,” Haley said. “History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria. Either way, the United States will respond.”

Haley once again accused Russia of using its veto right in the Council to protect its allies in Damascus and said that Russian “obstructionism” of this kind was holding the top UN decisionmaking body “hostage.”

Minutes earlier, Russian Ambassador Vasili Nebenzia warned the US of “grave repercussions” if it launched an attack on Syrian forces and expressed his concern over the bombardment on Monday of another Syrian installation, for which Moscow blamed Israel.

A year ago, the US attacked an Assad regime airbase in response to a chemical attack that killed dozens in a part of Syria under rebel control and on Monday President Donald Trump said that he will decide in the coming hours whether he will resort once again to military action after Saturday’s presumed attack on the city of Douma, which reportedly killed at least 42 people.

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Question 1
En el texto se dice que…
A
Estados Unidos no quiere que Rusia lance un ataque contra el régimen de Bachar al Asad.
B
Estados Unidos lanzará un ataque en Siria solo si lo respalda Naciones Unidas.
C
Estados Unidos anunció que habrá una respuesta al ataque químico en Duma.
Question 2
Según el texto, Rusia…
A
ha avisado a EE.UU. de que habrá consecuencias si se produce una acción militar.
B
ha apoyado incondicionalmente a EE.UU. en el Consejo de Seguridad de la Naciones Unidas.
C
no cree que EE.UU. vaya a lanzar un ataque en Siria contra el régimen de Bachar al Asad.
Question 3
Esa reunión del Consejo de Seguridad de Naciones Unidas…
A
ya estaba prevista desde hace meses para analizar lo que está sucediendo en Siria.
B
se celebró para tratar de forma urgente lo que ha sucedido en la ciudad de Duma.
C
se ha aplazado para la semana que viene.
Question 4
Según el texto…
A
se ha comprobado que no se han utilizado armas químicas en un ataque en Siria.
B
se piensa que se han utilizado armas químicas en un ataque en Duma.
C
todas las grandes potencias han demostrado que no se han utilizado armas químicas en Siria.
Question 5
EE.UU. nunca ha atacado Siria en respuesta a un ataque químico.
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En absoluto.
B
Nadie lo sabe.
C
Claro que sí.
Question 6
Según el texto, las relaciones entre EE.UU. y Rusia…
A
son muy buenas.
B
son cada vez menos tensas.
C
son tensas.
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