Tags: us | obama | syria

Obama, Military Prepared to Strike if Deal Fails

Saturday, 14 Sep 2013 01:12 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
President Barack Obama said a framework agreement between the U.S. and Russia represents a “concrete step” toward the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons.

“This framework provides the opportunity for the elimination of Syrian chemical weapons in a transparent, expeditious, and verifiable manner, which could end the threat these weapons pose not only to the Syrian people but to the region and the world,” Obama said in a statement issued by the White House.

The U.S. “remains prepared to act” if diplomacy fails, Obama said in the statement.
The Pentagon said on Saturday that U.S. military forces were still positioned for possible military strikes on Syria, at least for now.

"We haven't made any changes to our force posture to this point," Pentagon spokesman George Little said in a statement.

"The credible threat of military force has been key to driving diplomatic progress, and it's important that the Assad regime lives up to its obligations under the framework agreement."

In his weekly address earlier Saturday, Obama said he's prepared to move forward on a "serious plan" for Syria's chemical weapons but adds that the world must stand ready to act if diplomacy fails.

In his address, Obama says poison gas cannot become the new weapon of choice for tyrants and terrorists.

Obama blames Syria for an Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack the U.S. maintains killed more than 1,400 people, including children. He threatened a military strike in response but now is awaiting the outcome of negotiations between the U.S. and Russia after Syria agreed to a Russian proposal to turn over the weapons stockpile.


© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

GOP: ISIS Threat Stems From Obama Inaction on Syria

Friday, 29 Aug 2014 21:17 PM

The beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State and the widespread attacks on President Barack Oba . . .

U.S. Job Market Is Beginning to Look Like Europe's: Clive Crook

Friday, 29 Aug 2014 09:33 AM

 . . .

FBI Investigating Reports of Cyberattacks on US Banks

Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 07:03 AM

The FBI said Wednesday it's working with the Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyberattacks aga . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved