Syria 'to comply' with resolution

A Syrian Government minister said it "will comply" with a United Nations Security Council resolution on chemical weapons, in a guarded welcome to the Russia and US deal.

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Syria 'preparing list' after deal to give up weapons

Syria has pledged to accept the deal between America and Russia and hand over its chemical weapons.

In the first official response to the agreement, Syria's information minister Omran al-Zoubi told ITV News his government would honour it.

He said Syria has already begun preparing details of weapons sites.

ITV News International Editor Bill Neely sent this report from Damascus:

Hollande urges early UN vote on tough Syria resolution

French President Francois Hollande has called for a UN resolution on Syria backed by the threat of punitive action to be voted on by the end of the week.

Speaking on French television, Hollande said that while a political and diplomatic solution to the wider Syrian conflict was possible, the option of military strikes must remain on the table.

French President Francois Hollande spoke on the national TF1 television. Credit: TF1

He called the US-Russian removing Syria's chemical weapons an "important step" towards a possible political solution to the conflict.

Hollande told France's TF1 television, "It must include the threat of sanctions - that there is some kind of sanction if it is not applied."

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Syria to 'comply' with UN on chemical weapons

Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said Syria would "comply" with a United Nations Security Council resolution on its chemical weapons.

The minister was cautious about the agreement made between Russia and the United States yesterday until it has been approved by the UN.

International Editor Bill Neely reports from Damascus:

Kerry assures Israel that weapons deal will be effective

Secretary of State John Kerry has assured Israel that a US-Russian deal to remove Syria's chemical weapons will be effective, addressing concerns that a lack of resolve would embolden Iran.

"We cannot have hollow words in the conduct of international affairs, because that affects all other issues, whether Iran or North Korea or others," Kerry said after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

US Secretary of State John Kerry briefed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: APTN

Kerry briefed Netanyahu on what he called "the most far-reaching chemical weapons removal ever", after the Israeli leader said the deal would be judged on whether it achieved the arsenal's "complete destruction".

Israeli officials had privately expressed dismay about President Barack Obama's handling of the Syria crisis, fearing that any failure to follow through with a threat of military action would encourage Iran to press on with its nuclear work.

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Obama rejects Putin claim over Syria chemical attack

President Barack Obama has defended his handling of the Syria crisis Credit: PA

President Barack Obama rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin's claim that Syrian rebels were responsible for the August chemical gas attack.

However, in an interview broadcast on Sunday, he welcomed Putin's diplomatic role in the crisis.

Speaking on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopolous," Obama defended his handling of the Syria crisis and dismissed criticism of his approach to the issue as an argument about style.

US-Russia chemical weapons deal 'a victory for Syria'

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov struck the deal with the US. Credit: Oli Scarff/PA Archive

A senior Syrian minister hailed Russia's deal with the United States to put the Middle Eastern country's weapons under international control as a "victory", Russian news agency Ria Novosti reported.

"This is a victory for Syria won thanks to our Russian friends," Syria's Minister of National Reconciliation Ali Haidar said.

It was not clear if the comments by Ali Haidar, who is not in President Bashar al-Assad's inner circle of decision-makers, reflect the president's views.

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