obama (on syria)*Syria confirmed it would accept a Russian-brokered deal to hand over its chemical weapons Tuesday, but the White House said President Barack Obama would still ask Congress to approve the use of military force against Damascus.

Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem told NBC News in Moscow that he hoped acceptance of the “peaceful solution” would “put an end to the war.”

He was speaking hours after France announced it would seek a U.N. Security Council resolution along similar lines. That added to the international momentum behind the proposal, which has already been endorsed by Iran and China and cautiously welcomed by Britain and Germany.

Obama said Monday that the Russia plan offered a potential path that averted U.S. military strikes, but Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned that the only reason the Russia solution has “potential legs at all” is because of a credible threat of force.

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