Obama: Strike 'Absolutely' on Hold if Syria Abandons Chemical Weapons

ABC's Diane Sawyer Speaks to President Obama About Crisis in Syria.
1:07 | 09/09/13

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Transcript for Obama: Strike 'Absolutely' on Hold if Syria Abandons Chemical Weapons
If I sure -- Yields control of his chemical weapons to international. Authorities. Are we back from the brink -- -- if in fact that happened to and so you know I consider this a modestly. Positive development. You know John Kerry is gonna. Talk to his counterparts. And we're gonna run mr. ground I don't think that we would have gotten -- this point unless we had. Maintain a credible. Possible in the middle military strike and I don't think now's the time for us to let up on -- but my objective here has always been to deal with. He very specific problem. So what -- -- specifically is. I want to make sure that that norm. Against use chemical weapons has maintained that's in our national -- interest if we can do that without a military strike that is overwhelmingly my preference and now the key is. Can we. -- with a sense of urgency language. And a plan. That is enforceable and verifiable. Through the international community that accomplishes.

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