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U.N. Secretary-General: Use Of Force Lawful Only If Security Council Approves

"That is a firm principle of the United Nations."

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 12:16 p.m. ET

Posted on September 3, 2013, at 2:11 p.m. ET

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: "Use of force is lawful only when in exercise of self-defense in accordance with Article 51 of the United Nations charter and or when the Security Council approves such action."