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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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Obama welcomes US-Russia deadline plan over Syria

President Obama has welcomed talks between the US and Russia over Syria's chemical weapons, in which it urges the regime to destroy or remove it by mid-2014.

President Obama welcomes US-Russia talks over Syria chemical weapons. Credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

In a White House statement, Mr Obama said that the US-Russian deal represents an important, concrete step toward the goal of moving Syria's chemical weapons under international control so that they may ultimately be destroyed".

However, he warned that there would be "consequences should the Assad regime not comply with the framework".

"If diplomacy fails, the United States remains prepared to act," he said.

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