Four countries abstained - Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Equatorial Guinea and Peru.
This was playing with fire after Russia - Syria's strongest ally - had warned that a missile attack would be met with force by Moscow, raising fears of a straight fight between the USA and Russia. Russia vetoed a US textual content, whereas two Russian-drafted resolutions did not get a minimal 9 votes to go.
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France, the United States and Britain planned to put forward a new draft resolution aimed at dismantling Syria's chemical weapons program, wiping out terrorism, demanding a ceasefire across Syria and finding a political solution to the conflict, French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre told the council on Saturday.
Britain believes "that is wholly within the principles and practices of the United Nations", she said.
The United States, France and the United Kingdom today carried out a series of missile attacks against three targets associated with the production and storage of chemical weapons in Syria.
"The US - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries", he added. The war and politics of Syria are broadly going its way.
"Once again, we demand an immediate stop to aggression and refrain from the illegal use of force in the future", he said.