(Times of Israel) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry rejected Syrian President Bashar Assad’s suggestion Thursday that he begin submitting data on his chemical weapons arsenal one month after signing an international chemical weapons ban.
Speaking at a news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Kerry noted that Assad said a 30-day lead time would be standard, but the secretary of state asserted that there is “nothing standard” about the process, because Assad has used his chemical weapons.
That won’t do, Kerry declared, a stone-faced Lavrov at his side. “The words of the Syrian regime in our judgment are simply not enough.”
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