1. DIPLOMACY

    Kerry on Syria: ‘This Is Not a Game’

    GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - SEPTEMBER 12:  US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speak to the press at the Hotel Intercontinental on September 12, 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland. The leaders met to discuss chemical weapons in Syria in working towards assisting a U.N. Security Council resolution.  (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

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    Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed today the U.S. desire for diplomacy in dealing with the Syrian crisis, but warned there would be consequences, including military force, if negotiations over the country’s chemical weapons failed. “This is not a game,” he said, in a joint statement with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today in Geneva. “It has to be real ... it has to be credible.” Kerry also rejected Syria’s proposed 30-day timetable for declaring its stockpile because, he said, “there is nothing standard about this process at this moment ... The words of the regime, in our judgment, is simply not enough."

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