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President Obama addressed the nation on Syria, saying that as the Assad regime was to blame for the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack, the US has planned a targeted strike with the objective of deterring the use of chemical weapons and degrading Assad's capabilities. He said he has asked Congress to postpone consideration of the planned strike, however, while the US pursues a diplomatic path with the international community to push the regime to give up its chemical weapons. The Defense Department urged China to support the planned Syrian strike as a measure to deter North Korea from using its chemical weapons arsenal. The US, the UK, and France are drafting language for a UN resolution that will assure Syria's compliance with the proposed surrender of its chemical weapons.
President Obama called Syria's acceptance of a Russian proposal that it give up its chemical weapons "a potentially significant breakthrough" and said his "preference consistently has been a diplomatic resolution to this problem." He said he would "absolutely" halt a US military strike if the weapons were successfully secured but was skeptical Assad would follow through on the pledge. Secretary of State Kerry described the proposed US military intervention as an "unbelievably small, limited kind of effort." A planned Sept. 11 Senate vote on the intervention was postponed for consideration of the Russian proposal. Despite vigorous lobbying by the administration, most Americans remain opposed to intervening militarily in Syria.
The Obama administration continued to press its case for a US military intervention in Syria, and said Saudi Arabia has endorsed the idea. Iraq said it will not be used as a base for a US intervention. Syrian president Assad denied authorizing the use of chemical weapons against Syrians and demanded proof of allegations to the contrary. White House Chief of Staff McDonough claimed that "everyone agrees" with the US account that blames the Assad regime for the Aug. 21 attack in Damascus.