Syria declares "victory" over chemical weapons deal
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The Syrian government has declared victory for its country over the chemical weapons deal struck over the weekend.
Syrian Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar told a Russian news network that the deal helped the country avert U.S. military action and he thanked Russia's diplomacy for brokering it.
The U.S. and Russia agreed on Saturday to eliminate all of Syria's chemical weapon stockpiles.
Under the deal, Syria has a week to declare what it has and by November, inspectors will arrive in the country to destroy or remove the weapons.
China has welcomed the deal but U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, reiterated that the threat of force is still on the table if Syria does not hand over its weapons.
A UN report on the use of chemical weapons in Syria's civil war is set to be released Monday.
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