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Kerry: US still waiting for Russia plan on Syria

September 10, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. is still awaiting a proposal from the Russians about how Syria could agree to give up its chemical weapons, but that the U.S. will not wait for long.

Kerry told a House panel on Tuesday that the Obama administration will give any proposal a hard look, but that it must not be used as a delaying tactic and that it has to be verifiable, real and include tangible conditions for Syrian President Bashar Assad to forfeit his chemical weapons.

Kerry is testifying in the House to persuade members of the Armed Services Committee to back Obama’s request for military action against Syria — a strike that could be avoided if Syria gives up its weapons.

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