By Julian Pecquet - 09/19/13 08:19 PM EDT
Secretary of State John Kerry demanded Thursday that Russia and other members of the U.N. Security Council force Syria to turn over its chemical weapons when it meets next week.
Kerry said the U.N. inspectors' report released Monday makes it clear that President Bashar Assad's forces used chemical weapons last month. He said it was past time for Russia to stop arguing that the Syrian opposition was behind the attack and get behind U.N. action.
“Please. This isn't complicated,” Kerry told reporters in Washington. “When we said we know what is true, we meant it.”
“And now, before I head to New York for the U.N. General Assembly, we have a definitive U.N. report strengthening the case and solidifying our resolve. Now the test comes: The Security Council must be prepared to act next week. It is vital for the international community to stand up and speak out in the strongest possible terms about the importance of enforceable action to rid the world of Syria's chemical weapons.”