(WXIA) -- Syria's foreign minister said Tuesday afternoon that Syria will declare its chemical weapons arsenal, and sign a chemical weapons convention.
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Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said Tuesday that Syria is willing to join the Chemical Weapons Convention, according to Russian news agency Interfax. The Chemical Weapons Convention is a compact that 189 nations are party to. The Convention not only prohibits the use and production of chemical weapons, but obligates member states to destroy all chemical weapons in their possession.
Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that Russia's foreign minister is sending along interesting vibes "about the ways in which he thinks we might be able to achieve" having Syria turn over its chemical weapons. Speaking in a Google+ Hangout Tuesday afternoon, Kerry said the fact that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "has been running a highly controlled and very hierarchical process" leads Washington to believe Syria's government "can control access to these sites."
A State Department official said Kerry would travel to Geneva Thursday to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss the ongoing Syrian crisis.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reiterated Tuesday that it is "important we do this well, not quickly," when speaking of a timeframe of when the Senate might vote on action in Syria.
"The credible threat of our doing something about this attack is going to remain," Reid said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the United States and its allies should "pledge to renounce the use of force" as world powers work to deal with the Syrian chemical weapons issue. "It is difficult to make any country -- Syria or any other country in the world -- to unilaterally disarm if there is military action against it under consideration," he told Russian TV on Tuesday.
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In television interviews Monday evening, President Obama said that if the Syrian government is sincere in its efforts to relinquish its control of its chemical weapons, that the United States would consider moving back from threats of a missile strike against Syria.
(The Associated Press & CNN contribted to this report)