US Officials: White House Exploring Use Of Gov’t-Owned Ship To Destroy Syria’s Chemical Weapons In International Waters
Destroying Syria’s deadliest chemical weapons on land would come with vexing diplomatic and security problems as well as environmental issues.
The U.S. and Russia are set to hold their first high-level talks since sealing a deal to secure and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons and the onset of an apparent warming between Iran and the West.
Syria’s foreign minister claimed Monday that his government is fighting a war against al-Qaida-linked militants who eat human hearts and dismember people while they are still alive, then send their limbs to family members.
President Barack Obama, in a planned address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday morning, said that the “peace process is stillborn” in regards to resolving civil war currently plaguing Syria.
While speaking during a daily press briefing, Secretary of State John Kerry said that the resolve of President Barack Obama’s administration had their resolve reinforced to take action following an attack perpetrated by Syrian President Bashar Assad on rebel factions during which chemical weapons were used.
In an opinion piece for a Russian newspaper, Republican Sen. John McCain slammed President Vladimir Putin accusing him of corruption, repression and self-serving rule of the country.
The United Nations chemical weapons report on the details of the deadly Aug. 21 attack in Syria “make clear” that the Assad regime carried out the attack – but Russia is unconvinced.
U.N. inspectors say there is “clear and convincing evidence” that chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale in an attack last month in Syria that killed hundreds of people.
Vice President Joe Biden, speaking to a decidedly anti-war audience in Iowa on Sunday, played down the Obama administration’s pledge to use military force to rid Syria of chemical weapons.
President Barack Obama says a U.S.-Russian agreement offers a chance to destroy Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons and promises to end the threat they pose to Syrians and the world.