Obama to Address Nation on Syria Tuesday Night
President Obama will address the nation Tuesday night on chemical weapons in Syria, as he and aides pursue a diplomatic proposal at the United Nations that has put military and congressional action on hold, USA Today reported.
Obama spoke Tuesday with the leaders of France and the United Kingdom, and agreed to explore whether a Russian proposal to put Syria's weapons under international weapons is workable, senior White House officials said.
The US and allies discussed the proposal Tuesday at the United Nations, said officials who requested anonymity because negotiations are ongoing.
Russia — ally of Syria and opponent of U.S. military strikes -- said Monday it would ask Bashar Assad's government to put chemical weapons under international control and have them dismantled; Syria announced Tuesday it would accept Russia's offer.
The U.S. Senate, divided over a resolution authorizing military action against Syria, began exploring alternatives in light of the diplomatic moves.
Obama, who gave six television interviews Monday as a prelude to Tuesday night's speech, expressed skepticism of the Russia/Syria proposal, but said he and his team would study it.
"Let's see if we can come up with language that avoids a strike but accomplishes our key goals to make sure that these chemical weapons are not used," Obama told ABC News.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told a congressional committee Tuesday the administration is "hopeful," but "we must be clear-eyed and ensure it is not a stalling tactic by Syria and its Russian patrons."
Obama discussed the possibility of having the United Nations supervise the collection and dismantling of Syria's chemical weapons in Tuesday phone calls with French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron.
"These efforts will begin today at the United Nations, and will include a discussion on elements of a potential UN Security Council resolution," said a White House official.
Obama is likely to address diplomacy when he speaks at the White House at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday. Earlier in the day, Obama attends separate meetings with Senate Republicans and Democrats.
The speech and the Russian proposal come amid intense public and congressional opposition to possible military strikes against Syria in the wake of an Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack against anti-government rebels.
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