A UN spokesman rejected any suggestion that the United Nations is somehow stepping aside to allow US strikes on Syria as "grotesque".
He added that the UN will share with members findings of its chemical weapons team after evidence analysed in laboratories.
The US is considering a "limited act" in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian army, but how will Assad respond?
Will America go it alone in Syria after the Government's defeat in the Commons last night? The answer is yes. Emphatically yes.
As the West wakes up to another day, it is not just Prime Minister David Cameron who has a Syria problem - so does President Barack Obama.