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United Nations General Assembly Diplomatic Talks Continue

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  Original Published: 9/26/2013As world leaders gather for the fourth day of the United Nations General Assembly, all eyes will be on an expected meeting between Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammed Javad Zarif. This meeting would be the highest level direct U.S. and Iranian meeting since 1979. This comes as diplomatic efforts have already yielded results for a possible Security Council resolution on Syria. Ed Payne has the details. A United Nations diplomat says Russia has agreed to three basic points toward a security council resolution on Syria, and ridding the country of its chemical weapons. The first, to hold Syria accountable for attacks on August 21. The second, binding and enforceable language for measures against Syria if it violates the disarmament regime or uses chemical weapons. The third, the council will expedite their discussion of the matter. This comes after President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly, asking for accountability. "The Syrian government took a first step by giving an accounting of its stockpiles," said President Obama. "Now, there must be a strong Security Council Resolution to verify that the Assad regime is keeping its commitments, and there must be consequences if they fail to do so." But the resolution would not authorize an automatic use of force if Syria violates the resolution. This tentative agreement could fall apart, but it's the closest the U.S. and Russia have come to a resolution. U.S. inspectors returned to Syria on Wednesday to look into more claims of alleged chemical weapons use by the Syrian government and also by rebels.
   
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