U.S. Official: Russia Agrees To Resolution On Syria

Russia, along with other members of the U.N. Security Council, have agreed on a resolution concerning Syria’s chemical weapons, the U.S. said today.

The resolution, a senior state department official said in a statement, says the U.N. will oversee that Bashar Assad gives up his chemical weapons and “makes absolutely clear that failure of the Assad regime to comply will have consequences.”

“This is a breakthrough arrived at through hard-fought diplomacy,” a senior state department official said in a statement. “Just two weeks ago, no one thought this was in the vicinity of possible. After close consultation with the P3, the Russians have agreed to support a strong, binding and enforceable resolution that unites the pressure and focus of the international community on the Syrian regime to ensure the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons.”

Of course, this is the culmination of weeks of talks with the Russians and after the United States came to the brink of war with Syria.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.