Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, appeared before the global entity on Friday, one day after the United States launched a Tomahawk missile strike on the Syrian Air Force base responsible for Tuesday’s chemical weapons attack that left dozens dead.  The ambassador established a clear position regarding the intent of the strike and the potential for ongoing military action against Assad’s regime.

“The joint investigative mechanism has found beyond any doubt that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons against its own people multiple times,” Haley said. “Assad did this because he thought he could get away with it. He thought he could get away with it because he knew Russia had his back. That changed last night.”

“The United States took a very measured step last night,” Haley said. “We are prepared to do more. But we hope that will not be necessary. It is time for all civilized nations to stop the horrors that are taking place in Syria and demand a political solution.”

Haley also had pointed comments directed at Russia, who have already made a series of statements calling the missile strike a “violation of international law.”