Posted by: Chuck | September 12, 2013


Obama Asks Congress to Delay Vote on Syria Strikes 10 Sep 2013 President Obama, facing an almost certain defeat in obtaining Congressional support for a military strike against Syria, made the case for that strike to the nation on Tuesday night, but said he would give serious consideration to a proposal by Russia that international monitors take over and destroy Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons. Mr. Obama, in a speech delivered at the White House, said he had asked Congressional leaders to postpone a vote to authorize the use of force while he pursued what he described as “this diplomatic path,” even while making the moral case for punishing Syria for its deadly use of chemical weapons. On Capitol Hill, at the United Nations and in foreign capitals, officials flocked to endorse Russia’s proposal as an alternative to involving the United States in the two-and-a-half-year-old civil war in Syria.

Obama vows to explore diplomatic route on Syria chemical weapons 10 Sep 2013 U.S. President Barack Obama vowed to pursue a diplomatic initiative from Russia over Syria’s [alleged] chemical weapons on Tuesday but voiced skepticism about it and urged war-weary Americans to support his threat to use military force. Obama said a Russian offer to push Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to place chemical weapons under international control opened up the possibility of heading off the type of limited military strike he is considering against Syria. Speaking from the White House’s East Room, Obama said U.S. and Russian officials would keep talking about the initiative and that he would discuss it with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Meanwhile, Obama said, he has asked the U.S. Senate to put off a vote on his request for an authorization of military force to let the diplomacy play out.

President Obama’s Remarks on Syria 10 Sep 2013 Following is the complete text of President Obama’s speech about Syria from the East Room of the White House on Tuesday, as transcribed by Federal News Service.

Russian proposal on Syria brings relief to many world leaders 10 Sep 2013 By providing a way to avert a U.S. military strike, Russia’s proposal that Syria surrender its chemical weapons has offered a host of world leaders an exit from an increasingly damaging political crisis. The plan, which is expected to be hashed out in the United Nations over the next week or longer, has quickly gained supporters in Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. Congress. Despite numerous complications and likely setbacks ahead, the idea has gained momentum because it offers major advantages for each of those parties.

Leaked radioactive water found at another site at Fukushima plant: TEPCO 10 Sep 2013 Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday it has detected 3,200 becquerels per liter of radioactive substances in a well near a leaky water storage tank at its crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The radioactive substances emitting strontium and other beta rays were detected in samples taken Sunday from a well about 20 meters north of the water storage tank in the H4 area where toxic water had leaked. On Thursday, TEPCO said it had detected 650 becquerels per liter of such radioactive substances in another well located about 20 south of the storage tank.

IAEA chief calls Fukushima water leaks urgent issue 10 Sep 2013 International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Yukiya Amano said Monday that leaks of radioactive water at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant is “a matter of high priority that needs to be addressed urgently.” Amano made the remark at the outset of an IAEA Board of Governors meeting, which started in Vienna the same day for a five-day run.




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