Deal reached to disarm Syria of chemical weapons

The US and Russia have agreed to an outline of how to go about disarming the Syrian chemical weapons arsenal. New York Times: The United States and Russia have reached an agreement that calls for Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons to be removed or destroyed by the middle of 2014, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday. Under a "framework" agreement, international inspectors must be on the ground in Syria by November, Mr. Kerry said, speaking at a news conference with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey V. Lavrov. In addition, Syria must submit a "comprehensive listing" of its chemical weapons stockpiles within a week. American and Russian officials also reached a consensus on the size of Syria's stockpile, an essential prerequisite to any international plan to control and dismantle the weapons. "If fully implemented," Mr. Kerry said, "this framework can provide greater protection and security to the world." If President Bashar al-Assad of Syria fails to...(Read Full Post)