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Syria agrees to ‘Russian initiative’ – A plan to put its chemical arms under international control.

Syria agrees to ‘Russian initiative’

Secretary of State John Kerry says the use of force “absolutely should not be off the table” despite Syria agreeing to a plan to put its chemical arms under international control.

A White House official says the feeling inside the White House is that, given the Russian proposal on Syria’s chemical weapons, there is now less urgency for a vote on taking action against the country. However, White House officials believe their position has been strengthened since Syria embraced the Russian proposal to place the country’s chemical weapons under international control. At this point, White House officials believe they can let diplomacy take its course, the official said.

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