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Kerry calls on UN to move quickly on Syrian weapons

February 3, 2014 at 11:17 am

The US Secretary of State said on Thursday that it is necessary to implement the US-Russia agreement on Syrian chemical weapons. John Kerry called upon the UN Security Council to move quickly on the issue.

“The Security Council has to get ready to move next week,” said Kerry. “It is necessary for the whole international community to wake up and speak out in the strongest possible terms about the importance of saving the world from Syria’s chemical weapons.”

Russian president Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, expressed his optimism when asked whether the Syrian regime would abide with the agreement and would disclose everything about its stockpile of weapons. “I cannot be 100 per cent sure that we will bring it [the weapons issue] to the end,” he said, “but what we have seen in the past few days has given us confidence that it will be accomplished.”

Commenting on the remarks of the new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani that his country would never produce nuclear weapons under any condition, Kerry said that they are “positive”. He insisted, however, that caution is needed when speaking about this issue. “Everything must be proved by practice,” he added.