Sept. 12 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the diplomatic effort to avert a US strike on Syria “is not a game,” and cautions that force may still be needed if diplomacy fails. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the diplomatic effort to avert a U.S. strike on Syria "is not a game," and cautioned that force may still be needed if diplomacy fails. Kerry was speaking in Geneva after much-anticipated talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, to consider how to implement a Russian proposal that would place Syria's chemical weapons arsenal under international control, averting a proposed U.S. strike. "Expectations are high," Kerry said. "They are high for the United States, perhaps even more so for Russia to deliver on the promise of this moment." The talks were part of an ongoing diplomatic battle to make headway on the crisis in Syria. Russia's proposal has prompted President Barack Obama to ask Congress to postpone a vote to authorize a military strike. But Kerry reiterated the U.S. position that force might be needed against Syria if diplomacy over President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons stockpile fails.