Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could prevent a US-led attack if he turned over his chemical weapons in the next week, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday.
But Kerry told a press conference in London that he had no expectation that Assad would give up the arms.
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The US top diplomat was asked if there was anything that the Syrian government could do or offer now to prevent a military strike.
"Sure, he could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week -- turn it over, all of it, without delay and allow a full and total accounting for that," Kerry told reporters.
"But he isn't about to do it and it can't be done."