Kerry rejects Assad's 30-day timetable

MATTHEW LEE
U.S. Secretary of State Kerry makes a point next to Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov as they speak to the media before their meeting in Geneva
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry makes a point next to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (R) as they speak to the media before their meeting to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria, in Geneva September 12, 2013. Syria applied on Thursday to sign up to the global ban on chemical weapons, a major first step in a Russian-backed plan that would see it abandon its arsenal of poison gas to avert U.S. military strikes. REUTERS/Larry Downing (SWITZERLAND - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is rejecting Syrian President Bashar Assad's (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) suggestion he begin submitting data on his chemical weapons arsenal one month after signing an international chemical weapons ban.

Kerry spoke at a news conference Thursday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (SEHR'-gay LAHV'-rahf). Kerry noted Assad said a 30-day lead time would be standard.

Kerry said, quote, "there is nothing standard about this process" because Assad used chemical weapons. Kerry said the Syrian regime's words are not enough.

Kerry cautions that a U.S. military strike could happen if Assad doesn't agree to dismantle his chemical arsenal properly.

He says, quote, "There ought to be consequences if it doesn't take place."

Lavrov says the dismantling, quote, "will make unnecessary any strike against the Syrian Arab Republic."