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September 14, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is welcoming an agreement to secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons, but says the U.S. remains prepared to act if diplomacy fails.
Obama says Saturday's deal offers the chance to eliminate Syria's stockpile in a transparent, expeditious and verifiable manner.
He says that could eliminate the threat these weapons pose not only to Syria's people but to the world.
Obama adds that while important progress has been made, more work remains to be done.
He says the international community expects Syria to live up to its public commitments.
Obama says the U.S. will continue working with Russia, Britain, France, the U.N. and others to ensure that the process is verifiable and that the Syrian government is held to account if it fails to comply with the agreement.
The agreement announced today by Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov calls for Syria to eliminate all its chemical weapons by the middle of next year or face U.N. penalties.
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