Like Russia, China is a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council and has used its veto power to block some resolutions against Syria.
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The proposal -- to put the country's chemical weapons sites under international control -- stemmed from off-the-cuff remarks made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Asked Monday whether there was anything Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government could do to avoid an attack, Kerry said al-Assad "could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week.
"He isn't about to do it, and it can't be done, obviously," Kerry said. Russia, Syria's leading ally, quickly urged al-Assad to do just that. "It's certainly a positive development when the Russians and Syrians both make gestures towards dealing with these chemical weapons," President Barack Obama told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Monday.
But President Obama said the threat of American force would remain, "And we don't want just a stalling or delaying tactic to put off the pressure that we have on there right now." Sen. John McCain, a leading Republican voice in calls for military action against Syria, said Tuesday there could be "a very good initial test" of such a solution.
The news of Syria's acceptance of a possible weapons surrender comes as President Obama prepares to address the nation Tuesday at 9:00pm. You can watch the address live on KNWA as it happens.
Meanwhile, Arkansas lawmakers are also weighing in on a possible strike. U.S Senator John Boozman has released a statement saying in part "I am pleased that President Obama reversed course and is seeking Congressional approval but he still needs to answer a number of difficult questions to garner my support..... "Without doing so, he risks exasperating the situation in Syria and drawing our military further into the conflict. I remain open to hearing the President make his case and to seeing the exact language of the resolution but i cannot support military action unless those questions are completely answered."
Republican U.S. Congressman Steve Womack released a statement last week saying in part, "Before we commit America's men, women, and resources to the conflict, I believe it is imperative for the President to have coalition support, to ensure that our nation's interests are present and clearly defined, and to make his case before both Congress and the American people." Since then, Womack has announced he's voting against military action in Syria. The two-term Congressman from Northwest Arkansas announced Monday that he's opposed to President Obama's request to use military force against Syria.
Republican Rep. Tom Cotton is the only member of the Arkansas delegation to back military action against Syria, with others announcing opposition to the move.