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USA: 'You’ve failed repeatedly' – reporter grills State Dept. spokesperson on Syria03:16

USA: 'You’ve failed repeatedly' – reporter grills State Dept. spokesperson on Syria

United States, Washington DC
December 15, 2016 at 09:40 GMT -00:00 · Published

John Kirby, US State Department Spokesperson (English): "Well, the failure is in the belief that this war can be solved militarily. And the failure is on Russia for not putting the proper pressure on the Assad regime to stop the brutality, the gassing, the surrender, the starvation of their own people. That's the real failure here. The failure is on the part of..."

Brad Klapper, Associated Press Journalist (English): "You don't think the U.S. has failed?

John Kirby, US State Department Spokesperson (English): "The failure - hang on a second, I'm not done. The failure is on the part of the regime and its backers, including Russia and Iran, for the way they continue to try to find a military solution to what should be a political one. That's the real failure here, and the Syrian people are the ones caught in the crossfire, quite literally. You talked about the United States failure. What I would say is the international community has remained focused on trying to bring about a better outcome in Syria. And yes, the United States is a leader in that effort."

Brad Klapper, Associated Press Journalist (English): "You speak for the United States and you have a specific - as the most powerful country in the world - have a specific responsibility in the world, and you can push that over to the international community"

John Kirby, US State Department Spokesperson (English): "I'm not."

Brad Klapper, Associated Press Journalist (English): "The United States has failed in this. Do you disagree?"

John Kirby, US State Department Spokesperson (English): "I - what I - what I disagree with is where the failure lies. The failure lies on the part of the regime and its backers to act with any sense of moral standards for human behavior."

Brad Klapper, Associated Press Journalist (English): "But you countenanced that."

John Kirby, US State Department Spokesperson (English): "No, no, that's the failure. That's the failure. Who..."

Brad Klapper, Associated Press Journalist (English): "Yeah, but every time they do that you reach out to them and try to engage them in a process."

John Kirby, US State Department Spokesperson (English): "Brad, Brad, Brad, let me finish. I'm not at all saying that we're content with what the results have been of better than 18 months of negotiation and discussions. If - the Secretary is - would be the first to tell you that he's enormously frustrated that we are still where we are with respect to what's going on on the ground in Syria. Nobody's happy about that. And would we have preferred that any number of the communiques that we negotiated with a UN Security Council resolution that was signed on by Russia as well would have led to a better, safer outcome in Syria? Absolutely. So nobody's happy about this. And I'm not pushing it off on the international community at all, Im simply making a point that its not just the United States that wants a political solution." *SPLIT SHOT AT SOURCE*

The US State Department spokesperson, John Kirby was grilled by Associated Press reporter Brad Klapper over the United States "failure" in Syria at the State Department daily briefing in Washington, Wednesday.

Klapper pressed Kirby over what the US planned to do differently to bring about a resolution to the conflict, saying "you've failed repeatedly doing the same thing over and over again." Kirby responded that the "failure is on Russia for not putting the proper pressure on the Assad regime" to which Klapper challenged "You don't think the US has failed?"

Kirby maintained that that the "failure lies on the part of the regime and its backers to act with any sense of moral standards for human behavior" to which Klapper retorted "But you countenanced that."

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John Kirby, US State Department Spokesperson (English): "Well, the failure is in the belief that this war can be solved militarily. And the failure is on Russia for not putting the proper pressure on the Assad regime to stop the brutality, the gassing, the surrender, the starvation of their own people. That's the real failure here. The failure is on the part of..."

Brad Klapper, Associated Press Journalist (English): "You don't think the U.S. has failed?

John Kirby, US State Department Spokesperson (English): "The failure - hang on a second, I'm not done. The failure is on the part of the regime and its backers, including Russia and Iran, for the way they continue to try to find a military solution to what should be a political one. That's the real failure here, and the Syrian people are the ones caught in the crossfire, quite literally. You talked about the United States failure. What I would say is the international community has remained focused on trying to bring about a better outcome in Syria. And yes, the United States is a leader in that effort."

Brad Klapper, Associated Press Journalist (English): "You speak for the United States and you have a specific - as the most powerful country in the world - have a specific responsibility in the world, and you can push that over to the international community"

John Kirby, US State Department Spokesperson (English): "I'm not."

Brad Klapper, Associated Press Journalist (English): "The United States has failed in this. Do you disagree?"

John Kirby, US State Department Spokesperson (English): "I - what I - what I disagree with is where the failure lies. The failure lies on the part of the regime and its backers to act with any sense of moral standards for human behavior."

Brad Klapper, Associated Press Journalist (English): "But you countenanced that."

John Kirby, US State Department Spokesperson (English): "No, no, that's the failure. That's the failure. Who..."

Brad Klapper, Associated Press Journalist (English): "Yeah, but every time they do that you reach out to them and try to engage them in a process."

John Kirby, US State Department Spokesperson (English): "Brad, Brad, Brad, let me finish. I'm not at all saying that we're content with what the results have been of better than 18 months of negotiation and discussions. If - the Secretary is - would be the first to tell you that he's enormously frustrated that we are still where we are with respect to what's going on on the ground in Syria. Nobody's happy about that. And would we have preferred that any number of the communiques that we negotiated with a UN Security Council resolution that was signed on by Russia as well would have led to a better, safer outcome in Syria? Absolutely. So nobody's happy about this. And I'm not pushing it off on the international community at all, Im simply making a point that its not just the United States that wants a political solution." *SPLIT SHOT AT SOURCE*

The US State Department spokesperson, John Kirby was grilled by Associated Press reporter Brad Klapper over the United States "failure" in Syria at the State Department daily briefing in Washington, Wednesday.

Klapper pressed Kirby over what the US planned to do differently to bring about a resolution to the conflict, saying "you've failed repeatedly doing the same thing over and over again." Kirby responded that the "failure is on Russia for not putting the proper pressure on the Assad regime" to which Klapper challenged "You don't think the US has failed?"

Kirby maintained that that the "failure lies on the part of the regime and its backers to act with any sense of moral standards for human behavior" to which Klapper retorted "But you countenanced that."

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