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Rice says UN won't back military action in Syria

National Security Advisor Susan Rice said Monday that support for military action in Syria from the United Nations Security Council was “just not going to happen,” pushing back against those calling the U.S. to seek U.N. backing.

Rice, the former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., said the vetoes from Russia and China to take even small steps in the Syrian conflict were “shameful.”

“Let’s be realistic: It’ just not going to happen now,” Rice said at a speech at the New America Foundation Monday. “Believe me, I know. I was there, for all of those U.N. debates and negotiations. I lived it. And it was shameful.”

Rice outlined the Obama administration’s case for military action in her speech Monday, arguing that failing to take action would embolden Syrian President Bashar Assad and leaders in Iran and North Korea.

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