Sept. 9 - The UN is considering a plan to demand that Syria handover its stockpiles of chemical weapons to avert possible military action, but the U.S. remains skeptical. Mana Rabiee reports.
A new twist that could diffuse escalating tensions over Syria. The United Nations is considering a plan to demand that Syria handover its stockpiles of chemical weapons, a move that could avert a possible U.S.-led military strike against Syria over that suspected chemical weapons attack in August. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking to reporters on Monday: SOUNDBITE: U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON SAYING: "I'm considering urging the Security Council to demand the immediate transfer of Syria's chemical weapons and chemical precursor stocks to places inside Syria where they can be safely stored and destroyed." Ban was responding to questions about a Russian proposal, made public earlier on Monday, to place Syria's chemical weapons under international control. The U.S. is considering Russia's offer but President Barack Obama's administration is skeptical. Obama's deputy national security chief Tony Blinken. SOUNDBITE: U.S. DEPUTY NATIONAL SECURITY CHIEF TONY BLINKEN SAYING: "It's important to note that this proposal comes in the context of the threat of U.S. action, and the pressure that the President is exerting. So it's even more important that we don't take the pressure off and that Congress give the President the authority he's requested." The U.S. Senate will vote on Wednesday whether to give Obama that authority. But it's uncertain if the measure will get the congressional backing it needs.