Russia, U.S. set deal on Syria
Kerry said that under the pact, Syria must submit a "comprehensive listing" of its chemical weapons stockpiles within one week.
"Syria's use of chemical weapons is a serious threat to our national security, and the elimination of their weapons stockpile is in our best interests," said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.
She commended Kerry for his efforts and said it was "the credible threat of force that helped push Russia to the negotiating table."
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., also said Putin's credibility is on the line. "So I'm sure that he's going to be putting a lot of pressure on Syria and on Assad to come forward," Shea-Porter said in an interview on MSNBC on Saturday.
"I am hopeful that we are now en route to achieving our goal of containing the chemical weapons and securing a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Syria," she said.
Ayotte said any agreement must also "seek to identify, transfer and destroy Assad's formidable biological weapons arsenal."
Kerry said that if Syria did not comply with the agreement, which must be finalized by the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons, it would face consequences under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, the part that covers sanctions and military action.
"There's no diminution of options," Kerry said.
Lavrov said of the agreement: "There (is) nothing said about the use of force and not about any automatic sanctions."
The United States has blamed Assad's government for the attack, while Russia and Assad say it was the work of rebel forces.
"Let the Kerry-Lavrov plan go to hell. We reject it and we will not protect the inspectors or let them enter Syria."
Despite the diplomatic breakthrough, chemical weapons only account for around 2 percent of deaths in a civil war in which 100,000 people have been killed.
The residents and opposition activists asked about the deal said that it would not benefit normal Syrians.
Syrian state media broadcast the Kerry and Lavrov news conference live, indicating that Damascus is satisfied with the deal.
Ban also said that Assad "has committed many crimes against humanity." although he did not say whether it was Assad's forces or rebels who used the gas.
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