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Syria accepts surrender of chemical weapons
Updated: Tuesday, September 10 2013, 11:10 AM CDT
BREAKING: Syrian foreign minister says Syria has accepted Russian proposal to surrender control over its chemical weapons.
Obama says it all began during a 20-minute sitdown with Russian
President Putin during last week's G-20 summit. The Russians first
suggested that if Syria got rid of its chemical weapons stockpile, The
U.S. would not exercise the military option. If approved, it could
provide a face-saving way for president Obama to bring the crisis to a
Tonight, Syria takes center stage. President Obama
addresses the nation, calling for action against Bashar al Assad's
regime. But as Obama gears up for the big speech, a possible diplomatic
breakthrough -- the president told ABC's Diane Sawyer that the Assad
regime. Can avoid a military strike if it turns over its chemicals
"I want to make sure that that norm against use of
chemical weapons is maintained. If we can do that without a military
overwhelmingly my preference," Obama said.
Syrian government embraced a suggestion made by Secretary of State John
Kerry that it could avert a U.S. attack -- by handing over its chemical
weapons. President Obama calls it a potential breakthrough, but added
he still wants Congress to authorize for military action.
"If in fact the choice is between a world in which dictators and other
countries start believing it's accceptable to use chemical weapons on
children,that will make it more dangerous for us," Obama said.
The possible diplomatic out could not come at a better time for the
President. On capitol hill, opposition to a military strike is hardening.
"I see too much risk that a military strike could do more harm than good," said Sen. Lamar Alexander.
show a majority of Americans agree. That anti-strike sentiment is now
spilling into the streets. Meanwhile, President Assad, in an interview
with PBS's Charlie Rose, issued a new warning to the U.S.
strike somewhere you have to expect repercussions somewhere else in
different forms, in ways that you don't expect," Assad said.
The senate has delayed a vote on military action in Syria. This will allow
more time for the diplomatic developments to play out and for the president to make the case for a strike.