The UN is considering a plan to demand that Syria handover its stockpiles of chemical weapons to avert possible military action, but the U.S. remains skeptical. This is a new twist that could diffuse escalating tensions over Syria.
The video shows UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking to reporters on Monday.
Responding to questions about a Russian proposal to place Syria's chemical weapons under international control, made public earlier yesterday, he said,“ I’m considering urging the Security Council to demand the immediate transfer of Syria's chemical weapons and chemical precursor stocks to places inside Syria where they can be safely stored and destroyed."
The U.S. is considering Russia's offer but President Barack Obama's administration is skeptical.
Obama's deputy national security chief Tony Blinken says, "It's important to note that this proposal comes in the context of the threat of U.S. action, and the pressure that the President is exerting. So it's even more important that we don't take the pressure off and that Congress give the President the authority he's requested."
The U.S. Senate will vote on Wednesday whether to give Obama that authority.