Geneva: US Secretary of State John Kerry is rejecting Syrian President Bashar Assad`s suggestion he begin submitting data on his chemical weapons arsenal one month after signing an international chemical weapons ban.
Kerry spoke at a news conference on Thursday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Kerry noted Assad said a 30-day lead time would be standard.
Kerry said, quote, "there is nothing standard about this process" because Assad used chemical weapons. Kerry said the Syrian regime`s words are not enough.
Kerry cautions that a US military strike could happen if Assad doesn`t agree to dismantle his chemical arsenal properly.
He says, quote, "There ought to be consequences if it doesn`t take place."
Lavrov says the dismantling, quote, "will make unnecessary any strike against the Syrian Arab Republic."