U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced Saturday that a framework has been reached to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons.
The deal, announced on the third day of intense negotiations in Geneva, called for Syria to hand over a full list of its chemical stockpile within a week.
International inspectors would be on the ground by November and all stockpiles should be removed or destroyed by mid-2014, Kerry said at the joint news conference.
Still, the “primary responsibility” for the destruction of the weapons will rest with Syria, the State Department said Saturday.
If Syria does not comply, sanctions or military force could be allowed – if they’re backed by the United Nations Security Council.