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I think that obviously this was cumulative, he, Assad, had been using chemical weapons multiple times, but more so this was about the security council resolutions. We had, up until this point, had six different resolutions that would have dealt with investigative mechanisms for chemical weapons and Russia had vetoed all of them.
00:00:24
And so we felt like we had gone through every diplomatic measure of talking that we could, and it was time for action. And I think one thing that we hope Assad got the message on, is the international community will not allow chemical weapons to come back into our every day life.
00:00:40
And the fact that he was making this more normal and that Russia was covering it up, all of that has to stop. So you will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down. Secretary Mnuchin will be announcing those on Monday, if he hasn't already. And they will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons used.
00:01:01
And so I think everyone is going to feel it as this point. I think everyone knows that we sent a strong message and our hope is that they listen to it.