Sept. 15 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry assures Israel that the deal he reached with Russia on Syria's chemical weapons could remove its deadly arsenal. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry assured Israel publicly on Sunday the deal he reached with Russia's foreign minister on Syria's chemical weapons was capable of removing its deadly arsenal. Speaking to reporters after briefing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the framework accord reached in Geneva on Saturday, Kerry said it "has the full ability ... to strip all of the chemical weapons from Syria." "Any breach of the specifics of this agreement or any use of chemical weapons by anyone in Syria will result in immediate referral and action by the Security Council for measures under chapter 7, which means what they select up to and including the possibility of the use of force," Kerry said. Kerry said Russia had stated that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime had agreed to give an accounting of its chemical arsenal within a week.