U.S.-Russia deal has ‘full ability’ to strip Syria of chemical weapons

JERUSALEM Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:02am EDT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks, following meetings with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov regarding Syria, at a news conference in Geneva September 14, 2013. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks, following meetings with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov regarding Syria, at a news conference in Geneva September 14, 2013.

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry assured Israel publicly on Sunday the deal he reached with Russia's foreign minister on Syria's chemical weapons was capable of removing its deadly arsenal.

Speaking to reporters after briefing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the framework accord reached in Geneva on Saturday, Kerry said it "has the full ability ... to strip all of the chemical weapons from Syria".

Kerry said Russia had stated that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime had agreed to give an accounting of its chemical arsenal within a week.

(Writing by Jeffrey Heller, Editing by Jeffrey Heller)

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