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Sep 15, 2013

Obama says Syria deal could offer lesson for Iran talks

WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
disclosed in a television interview broadcast on Sunday that he
had exchanged letters with new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
and said diplomacy on Syria, backed up by a military threat, is
a potential model for negotiating over Tehran’s nuclear
ambitions.

In an interview on ABC’s “This Week with George
Stephanopoulos,” Obama did not reveal details of the letter
exchange, but made clear that U.S. concerns about Iran’s nuclear
ambitions are a “far larger issue for us” than Syria’s chemical
weapons.

Sep 15, 2013

Obama rejects Putin claim on Syria chemical weapons attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claim that Syrian rebels were responsible for an August 21 chemical gas attack but, in an interview broadcast on Sunday, he welcomed Putin’s diplomatic role in the crisis.

Obama, in an interview on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopolous,” defended his handling of the Syria crisis and dismissed criticism of his zig-zag approach to the issue as an argument about style.

Sep 14, 2013

Obama says U.S. remains prepared to act on Syria if diplomacy fails

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vowed on Saturday that Syria will be held to account if it fails to live up to its promises to surrender chemical weapons as he faced questions about how a deal brokered by U.S. and Russian diplomats would be enforced.

In a statement, Obama said a framework deal was an important, concrete step toward getting Syria’s chemical weapons under international control so they can ultimately be destroyed. The deal emerged from talks between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Sep 13, 2013

U.S. officials: Use of force not expected in U.N. resolution on Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States does not expect a U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria’s chemical weapons to include a potential use of military force due to Russian opposition, senior Obama administration officials said on Friday.

Their comments suggested Washington will not insist on including the use of force in the U.N. resolution.

Sep 13, 2013

U.S. not expecting U.N. resolution on Syria to include use of force

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States does not expect a U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria’s chemical weapons to include a potential use of military force due to Russian opposition, senior Obama administration officials said on Friday.

The officials, who briefed a group of reporters on condition of anonymity, said the United States would instead insist that the resolution include a range of consequences should Syria refuse to give up chemical weapons in a verifiable way.

Sep 12, 2013

U.S. warns diplomatic solution for Syria will take time

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House warned on Wednesday that a diplomatic solution over Syria would take “some time” and pledged to pursue talks despite skepticism from U.S. lawmakers that Damascus would make good on a Russian plan to surrender its chemical weapons.

A day after President Barack Obama urged Americans to support his call for military strikes if diplomacy failed, officials warned of a long process ahead.

Sep 11, 2013

Obama vows to explore diplomatic route on Syria chemical weapons

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama vowed to pursue a diplomatic initiative from Russia over Syria’s chemical weapons on Tuesday but voiced skepticism about it and urged war-weary Americans to support his threat to use military force.

Obama said a Russian offer to push Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to place chemical weapons under international control opened up the possibility of heading off the type of limited military strike he is considering against Syria.

Sep 11, 2013

Obama vows to explore Russian offer on Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vowed to pursue a diplomatic initiative from Russia over Syria’s chemical weapons on Tuesday but voiced skepticism about it and urged Americans to support his threat to use military force.

Obama said in a White House speech that a Russian offer to push Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to place chemical weapons under international control offered the possibility of heading off the type of limited military strike he is considering against Syria.

Sep 9, 2013

Obama says Russian proposal on Syria a potential ‘breakthrough’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, seeking to boost support for military action against Syria, said on Monday that Russia’s offer to work with Damascus to put its chemical weapons under international control could be a big deal – if it is serious.

“This could potentially be a significant breakthrough,” Obama told NBC News in an interview. “But we have to be skeptical because this is not how we’ve seen them operate over the last couple of years.”

Sep 9, 2013

2016 repercussions? Hillary Clinton backs Obama on Syria action

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – “Before I get to the subject at hand, I’d like to say a few words about Syria.”

With that preface, Hillary Clinton turned a routine White House event about the perils of wildlife trafficking into a platform to voice her views about U.S. military action against Syria.

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