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Russia, US Order Syria to Turn Over Chemical Weapons

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference with Britain's Foreign Minister William Hague at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, Sept. 9, 2013.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference with Britain's Foreign Minister William Hague at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, Sept. 9, 2013.
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An impromptu remark by Secretary of State John Kerry has opened the door to a possible diplomatic settlement that would avoid a U.S. military strike on Syria for its alleged chemical weapons use last month.

When a reporter in London asked Kerry Monday whether there was anything Syria could to avoid a U.S. military strike, he said the government of Bashar al-Assad could hand over all its chemical weapons by the end of the week. Kerry later said he was speaking rhetorically and was not making a proposal.

But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov embraced the secretary's words. He said Moscow will push Syria to put its weapons under international control, where they would be dismantled.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem endorsed the Russian plan, saying it would be a way to avoid what he called U.S. aggression.

U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said the White House will "take a hard look" at Russia's offer.

Late Monday, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid postponed an initial vote set for Wednesday on authorizing the use of force in Syria, in the wake of this new diplomatic initiative.

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by: ck from: ut
September 11, 2013 7:12 PM
Vlad threw barry a lifeline, let it fester for a day, and then added "first you will suck my cock". ie, you shall never attack Syria for any reason. Vlad owns miss prissypants.

by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
September 11, 2013 12:52 AM
Russia seems have made a wise proposal both to Syria and the U.S. I can expect US' response to this proposal, but a bit unbeliebale Syria accepted it because it means Syria admits having lethal chemical weapons. Or chemical weapons do not mean necessarily to include Sarin? Anyway, we can say Russia got more points in dealing with this global issue than US. Putin looks more skillful than Obama.Thank you.

by: Nguyễn from: US
September 10, 2013 2:29 PM
Russia would'nt come up this idea, Syria would'nt accept it quickly without tremendous pressure from US military mighty navy ships right at their doors.
Obama still needs a pre-approved authorization from US Congress.

by: mambo vipi from: TZ
September 10, 2013 5:52 AM
Russia has proven to the world her greatness,mind power and good reasoning are only the best solutions to the world and Syria not war .The world is really weary of non ending wars like,in Congo,Sudan,Palestine+Israel,Iraq ,Afghanistan and Syria.The earth has got enough bloodshed now,lets beat up drums of peace than of wars.

September 10, 2013 5:48 AM
Thanks to the American Government for the options given to the Syrian leader on the issues of the alleged used of chemical weapons. Wise man changes, this also tells that President Obama is not a dictator rather, America is only much concerned about world peace and i also appreciate the step Russia is taking along with America; meaning negotiating with Syria to place her chemical weapons under international control.

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