US pushes for swift UN action on Syria

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

US Secretary of State John F. Kerry pushed hard on Thursday for international action on Syria, explaining, “This fight about Syria’s chemical weapons is not a game. It’s real.” Despite the US-Russia deal with Syria that will remove the country’s chemical weapons, Kerry is keeping a close eye on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to make sure he follows directions. In the wake of a recent UN investigation report of the chemical attacks in Damascus on August 21 that killed 1,400 people, US and Syrian allies disagree on whether it shows that al-Assad’s government or the rebels are responsible. Russia, who has defended al-Assad, thinks that the threat of military action “is far from being the way to solve all international problems.” The US is willing to resolve the issue peacefully, however, as Kerry said “the complete removal of Syria’s chemical weapons is possible here, through peaceful means.” However, he stresses swiftness in dealing with the issue, adding, “Time is short. Let’s not spend time debating what we already know.”

Featured image courtesy of US Department of State.