|Facing angry domestic audience, Washington shifts course asking Syria to hand over chemical arsenal
US Secretary of State John Kerry says Syria's President Bashar Assad could resolve the crisis surrounding a chemical weapons attack simply by turning over “every single bit'' of his weapons stock to the international community within a week.
In the past week, several US lawmakers including John McCain have been confronted by Americans at town-hall style gatherings. One one occasion an angry man who showed a pack of marshmallows said American lawmakers are like marshmallows.
But Kerry, holding a news conference in London with British counterpart William Hague today, said he thinks Assad “isn't about to do that.''
Kerry was asked about comments that Assad made to CBS anchorman Charlie Rose in which Assad said there was no conclusive evidence about who is to blame for the chemical weapons attack.
Asked about Assad's denial, Kerry said, “I just gave you real evidence.''
The secretary of state said, “We know that his regime gave orders to prepare for a chemical attack. We know they deployed forces.''
Kerry also spoke of a political solution to Syria's civil war.
"Let me be clear, the United States, President Obama, myself, others are in full agreement that the end of the conflict in Syria requires a political solution. There is no military solution, we have no illusions about that.'