WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted on Tuesday that the US-Russian agreement for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons must be backed by a UN resolution with the teeth to force compliance from President Bashar Assad.
"That will happen only with the United Nations passing a strong resolution. It will happen with the enforcement of the world, with Russia standing by us in this effort, and it will happen, finally, because Assad lives up to what he has agreed to do," Kerry told reporters at the US Capitol.
"It is important that that threat of force stay on the table in order to guarantee the compliance of the Assad regime. So we will continue to press this issue," Kerry said.