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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:
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.
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."
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:
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.
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.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned Syria that the threat of force remains if its deal over surrendering its chemical weapons is not followed.
He said the US -Russia deal has the "full ability" to strip Syria of the weaponry.
President Barack Obama has exchanged letters with the new Iranian President Rouhani about the situation in Syria.
He added that Iranians understand the U.S. concern about a potential nuclear-armed Iran "is a far larger issue" for the United States.
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.
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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The Syrian Information Minister gives ITV News the first official government response to the US-Russia chemical weapons deal.
In an interview with Bill Neely, the Syrian information minister gave the first official government response to the US-Russia agreement.