Kerry Takes Hard Line on Assad Proposal

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

GENEVA (AP) Secretary of State John Kerry, joining Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Geneva for talks on Syria, has taken a hard line against a proposal by President Bashar Assad to spend 30 days reporting on his country's chemical weapons stockpiles, laying out an inventory of weapons.

Kerry says Thursday that is an unreasonable delay in response to pressure on Assad to relinquish the weapons.

The talks in Switzerland have come toward the end of a week in which President Barack Obama repeated his threat to retaliate militarily against Assad for Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons in an attack on Aug. 21. But Obama also said in a primetime speech to the country Tuesday night that he was willing to explore the idea of Assad turning over the weapons to be dismantled, if such a step can be fully verified

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