Syrian Chemical Weapons Deal Could Prevent Military Strike

President Obama discusses potential diplomatic solution to the situation in Syria.
3:05 | 09/14/13

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This week when I address the nation on Syria. I said that in part because of a credible threat of US military force. There is the possibility. Of a diplomatic solution. Russia's indicated a new willingness to join with the international community in pushing Syria to give up its chemical weapons. -- -- Asad regime used in a tactic killed more than a thousand people on August 41. I also asked congress to postpone a vote on the use of military force while we pursue this diplomatic path that's what we're door. At my direction secretary of state Carrie is in discussions with his Russian counterpart. For making it clear that this can't -- stalling tactic. -- agreement needs to verify that the -- -- and Russia are keeping their commitments. That means working to turn serious chemical weapons over to international control and ultimately destroy. This would allow us to achieve our goal deterring the Syrian regime from using chemical weapons. Degrading their ability to use them. And making it clear to the world that we won't tolerate their use. We've seen indications of progress. As recently as we -- -- -- -- -- regime would not admit that it possessed chemical weapons. Today at us. Serious signaled a willingness to join with a 189. Other nations represented 98% of humanity. In abiding by an international agreement the prohibits the use of chemical weapons. And Russia has staked its own credibility on supporting this out. These are all positive developments. Keep working with the international community to see that -- gives up its chemical weapons so they can be -- We will continue -- support from allies around the world to agree on the need for action to deter the use of chemical weapons in Syria. -- -- current discussions produce a serious plan I'm prepared to move forward with. But we are not just going to take Russia -- -- -- workforce. We need to -- cop reactions to demonstrate that it's -- serious about giving up his chemical weapons. And since this plan emerged only within a credible threat of US military action. We will maintain our military posture in the region to keep the pressure on -- -- -- And if diplomacy fails the United States and the international community must remain prepared to act. The use of chemical weapons anywhere in the world is an affront to human dignity and a threat to the security people every. As I've -- for weeks the international community must respond to this outrage. A dictator must not be allowed to -- children in their beds with impunity. And we cannot risk poison gas becoming the new weapon of choice for tyrants and terrorists the world -- We have a duty to preserve a world free from the fear of chemical weapons virtual. But if there's any chance of achieving that goal without resorting to force that I believe we have -- responsibility to pursue that. --

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