United States still seeking international coalition after British vote

imgU.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the United States is still seeking an international coalition for possible military action against the Syrian regime, despite the British Parliament’s vote against participating.

Hagel outlined the U.S. position at a news conference in Manila on August 30.

“Our approach is to continue to find an international coalition that will act together, and I think you’re seeing a number of countries publicly state their position on the use of chemical weapons,” he said. “We’ll continue to consult with our allies and our partners and friends.”

Hagel also said the United States was consulting with allies to “further develop the facts” about last week’s alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus, and on options for a response.

After the vote in London on August 29, the White House said U.S.-led strikes were still possible without the involvement of Britain, the United States’ closest ally.

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