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Kerry rejects Assad's 30-day timetable

By Matthew Lee

AP Diplomatic Writer

LAST UPDATED: 08:49 a.m. HST, Sep 12, 2013

GENEVA » U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is rejecting Syrian President Bashar Assad's suggestion today that he begin submitting data on his chemical weapons arsenal one month after signing an international chemical weapons ban.

Speaking at a news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Kerry noted that Assad said a 30-day lead time would be standard.

"There is nothing standard about this process," Kerry said, because Assad has used his chemical weapons.

"The words of the Syrian regime in our judgment are simply not enough."

Kerry cautioned that a U.S. military strike could occur if Assad doesn't agree to dismantle his chemical arsenal properly.

He said, "There ought to be consequences if it doesn't take place."

Lavrov said the dismantling "will make unnecessary any strike against the Syrian Arab Republic."

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allie wrote:
What a dud Kerry is. What a horrible embarrassment of incompetence, weakness and stupidity. Odd that Russia has to lead for peace as Obomb-a slavishly does what Israel demands he do
on September 12,2013 | 09:55AM
inverse wrote:
Kerry and Obama trying to make big body after getting emasculated by Putin. Completely empty threats as for US to bomb Syria, even before negotiation have begun for Syria to give up their chemical weapons would put US in the same league as a rogue out of control tyrannical nation that no one else in the world would support their military action on another country. You get the feeling Kerry and Obama want to bomb Syria no matter what, all to just SAVE FACE.
on September 12,2013 | 11:19AM
cojef wrote:
This ball game is no longer Obama's. By waffling and Kerry slip of the tongue, it is now in Putin's court and he will be calling the shots. At least that is how the rest of our allies perceive the situation now.
on September 12,2013 | 10:35AM
jayz43 wrote:
"Obama" in Russian means, "pawned'
on September 12,2013 | 10:54AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Vladimir Putin ....for Nobel Peace Prize
on September 12,2013 | 12:41PM
TLehel wrote:
This guy Kerry is a real piece of work. And by piece of work I mean an imbecile.
on September 12,2013 | 10:56AM
jussayin wrote:
Agree with others. Obama had the ball in his hands but didn't know what to do with it. So now he'll sell us rhetoric to make us like him or continue to like him. Kerry is a dud. And yes, Russia has the floor.
on September 12,2013 | 11:18AM
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