Obama: U.N. paralyzed on Syria strike

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U.S. President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, said they held “constructive” talks Friday on the deeply divisive issue of Syria on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Russia.

The two leaders hold opposing views over whether military action should be taken against the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons on its own people.

Obama also said that because of Security Council “paralysis” on the issue, countries should be willing to act without the council’s authorization.

“If we are serious about upholding a ban on chemical weapons use, then an international response is required, and that will not come through Security Council action.”

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