Posted by: Chuck | September 11, 2013

Russia plan on Syria arms may be ‘breakthrough’: Obama

President Barack Obama said a Russian plan to head off threatened US strikes on Syria by securing a deal to destroy the regime’s chemical weapons could be a “significant breakthrough.” Obama warned Monday he had not taken military strikes off the table but, in agreeing to consider the Russian initiative, he effectively pushed back the timetable for possible action. The US leader had intended to spend the day selling his plan to launch punitive military strikes against Bashar al-Assad’s regime to skeptical American voters and lawmakers. Instead, he found himself responding to a surprise Russian diplomatic initiative which would see Assad’s stockpile of banned chemical arms taken under international control.

Iran’s foreign ministry spokeswoman also welcomed Russia’s plan.

Marzieh Afgham told a media conference in Tehran that the proposal should include the destruction of chemical weapons in the hands of rebel groups fighting to topple the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (Source: AFP news and Yahoo News 9/10/13)




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