Syria Accepts Offer to Turn Over Chemical Weapons


syrias-foreign-minister-walid-al-moualemSyrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told NBC News that Syria would accept the Russian proposal to turn over its chemical weapons.

“We accept the Russian proposal which was offered to us yesterday, and we are ready to fulfill it according to the agreed plan between us and Russia,” Moallem said.

Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that he had spoken to Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister. However, Kerry was reluctant to take strikes off the table, which he said had been enough of a “credible threat of force” to compel a diplomatic solution.

“Nothing focuses the mind like the prospect of a hanging,” he said.

Meanwhile, President Obama said that he would hold off on military action in Syria and pursue a Russian proposal for international monitors to take over and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. The president said he had asked Congressional leaders to postpone a vote authorizing military action – a vote he was almost certain to lose.

{Andy Newscenter}