The world waits as U.S. and Russian officials try to hammer out a deal

4:36 PM, Sep 13, 2013   |    comments
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(NBC NEWS) -- Talks resume in Switzerland today between the U.S. and Russia. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart are trying to nail down details of a plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons.

The talks are scheduled to last today and tomorrow, but after day one, it appeared there was little progress.

As the talks resume, today the differences are about who used the chemical weapons and whether military force should be used. Both sides agree, however, that the weapons must be destroyed. "We are working hard to find common ground to make that happen," said Secretary of State John Kerry.

Washington's not overly enthusiastic that these talks will work. "He is gonna work very hard over the next several days to see what possibilities are there," said President Barack Obama.

"I've got real doubts about the motives of the Russians and President Assad," said House Speaker John Boehner, (R) Ohio.

So does the public. "They have a long history of doing one thing and saying another, so I don't trust them," said Paige Thomas, Washington D.C.

On Russian TV, Syria's President said they took the first step - joining the international group that destroys chemical weapons, but the White House condemned President Assad for saying he'll wait a month for turning over any data. "Action is what matters here. Delays are not something that we can accept," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

At the White House today, President Obama welcomes the Amir of Kuwait - an ally in the possible use of force against Syria.

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