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September 13, 2013 8:53 am

U.S.-Russia Talks Over Eliminating Syria Chemical Arsenal Begin

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Washington Post – U.S.-Russia talks over eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons began here Thursday on a wary and stilted note, as Secretary of State John F. Kerry said U.S. military forces remain poised to attack Syria if a credible agreement is not rapidly reached and implemented. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad added to the tension by saying that he is willing to place his chemical arsenal under international control — but only if the United States stops threatening military action and arming rebel forces trying to unseat him.

Assad, in an interview with a Russian television station, said he is prepared to sign the international convention banning the weapons and would adhere to its “standard procedure” of handing over stockpile data a month later. Kerry made clear that he had a much shorter time frame in mind and that Assad was not a party to the negotiations.

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  • Lawrence Kulak

    here we go again – as a wise President once said (if only we had him now) what kind of BS is Obama now slinging? We are supposed to be ready to teach Iran a lesson about their stalling tactics and deceitful negotiation practices and he we are allowing Assad to do exactly what Iran has been doing. He is now trying to set conditions after he got what essentially was a free pass to gas civilians. Anybody with any intelligence can see where this is going. Lets see now if there is but a single backbone between Kerry and Obama.