Clinton: It ‘Would Be An Important Step’ If Assad Regime Surrendered Chemical Weapons To International Community

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the 2013 America Bar Association (ABA) annual meeting on Aug. 12, 2013 in San Francisco, Calif. (credit:  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the 2013 America Bar Association (ABA) annual meeting on Aug. 12, 2013 in San Francisco, Calif. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is backing President Barack Obama’s call for a limited military strike against Syria.

Calling it a “fluid situation,” Clinton said a response is required for Syrian President Bashar Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons last month.

“It demands a strong response from the global community led by the United States,” Clinton said.

Clinton met with Obama at the White House Monday as Syria said it “welcomes” Russia’s plan for the Assad regime to turn over chemical weapons to the international community.

“If the regime immediately surrendered its stockpiles to international control… that would be an important step. But this cannot be another excuse for delay or obstruction,” Clinton said.

Secretary of State John Kerry said in London that a U.S. military strike could be called off if Assad turned over “every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community.”

Clinton noted that “Russia will be held accountable” if it doesn’t support the international community’s effort to stop Assad.

“This discussion only could take place in the context of a credible military threat by the United States,” Clinton said.

Clinton reiterated the Obama administration’s position that Syria’s use of chemical weapons threatens national security and regional stability.

Obama is calling on Congress to authorize a military strike after he said Assad’s forces killed more than 1,400 people, including hundreds of children, in an Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in suburbs outside Damascus. In an effort to garner support, Obama will be addressing the nation at the White House Tuesday night.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that the Senate will vote to authorize a limited military strike Wednesday.

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