United Nations set to release report about chemical weapons attack in Syria
POSTED: Monday, September 16, 2013 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Monday, September 16, 2013 - 8:23am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The United Nations is releasing its report on the chemical weapons attack in Syria last month, as Syria gets ready to hand over information about its stockpile this week.
Today's U.N. report is expected to say the chemical weapons that caused this carnage last month came from artillery only used by the Syrian government.
Those weapons - the amount and locations - must be fully disclosed this week... And destroyed next year... According to a deal the U.S. and Russia reached Saturday.
"To accomplish that, the threat of force remains," said Secretary of State John Kerry.
But as Russian President Vladmir Putin insisted, there's no military option mentioned in the deal.
"He got everything he wanted, including taking away the President's advantage of a guaranteed or at least a credible military strike," said Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan.
President Obama insists it's still on the table.
"We will maintain our military posture in the region to keep the pressure on the Assad regime," said President Barack Obama.
Washington is skeptical that syria will cooperate. "That is a very, very big gamble," said Senator John McCain, Arizona.
"I think we should be skeptical until we see how this unfolds," said Senator Bob Corker,Tennessee.
"This is a diplomatic breakthrough that is full of opportunity and fraught with danger," said Senator Robert Menendez, New Jersey.
Today in France, Secretary Kerry will try to drum up support with our European allies with Saudi Arabia and with Turkey.