Kerry: Chemical Weapons Use ‘A Stain On The World’s Conscience’

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File photo of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

File photo of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry addressed members of the press alongside Russian Foreign Minister Sergie Lavrov on the subject of Syria.

While speaking from Geneva, Kerry referred to the reported use of chemical weapons by the administration of Syrian President Bashar Assad against rebel groups in Damascus as “a stain on the world’s conscious.”

He also asserted that “should diplomacy fail, force might be necessary,” referencing President Barack Obama’s threats to wage a limited attack against the Assad regime.

He added of the efforts to transfer control of the weapons away from Syria, “This is not a game,” but noted that a deal in which Syria relinquishes possession of them could save lives.

CBS News reported earlier today that Assad plans to start submitting data regarding its supply of chemical weapons, and that the country will join a chemical weapons treaty that bans their use, as well as their production and stockpiling.

Obama has been pushing for U.S. military action, though on Tuesday, he asked congressional leaders to postpone a vote to authorize the use of force and threw his support behind a diplomatic plan for U.N. Security Council talks aimed at securing Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles.

According to U.S. officials, evidence indicates that the use of chemical weapons late last month resulted in the deaths of more than 1,400 civilians, including hundreds of children.

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