Kerry speaking rhetorically over Syria turning in weapons: State Department

LONDON Mon Sep 9, 2013 7:22am EDT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference with Britain's Foreign Minister William Hague at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London September 9, 2013. REUTERS/Susan Walsh/Pool

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference with Britain's Foreign Minister William Hague at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London September 9, 2013.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry was making a rhetorical comment when he said on Monday that Syria's President Bashar al-Assad would not hand over his country's chemical weapons.

Kerry told a news briefing on Monday that Assad could avoid a military strike by turning over all his chemical weapons within a week but added that Assad was not about to do that.

"Secretary Kerry was making a rhetorical argument about the impossibility and unlikelihood of Assad turning over chemical weapons he has denied he used," a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.

"His (Kerry's) point was that this brutal dictator with a history of playing fast and loose with the facts cannot be trusted to turn over chemical weapons, otherwise he would have done so long ago. That's why the world faces this moment."

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed, Editing by Stephen Addison)

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StigTW wrote:
The story just seems to keep getting made up as they go along. It’s getting more and more fantastical everyday – perhaps Disney could hire him as a writer.

Sep 09, 2013 9:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
AZreb wrote:
“Rhetorical” – “least untruthful” – “trust us” – government-speak just gets more and more ridiculous with one teensy little problem – another war!!!!!

Sep 09, 2013 10:14am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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