Kerry says nations must come together on Syrian chemical weapons

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that the community of nations must come together to completely remove Syria's chemical weapons through peaceful means.

Kerry made the remarks on Thursday during a press briefing in Washington. Kerry said it was of vital importance for the international community to speak out in the strongest possible terms about the need for action to destroy Syria's chemical weapons.

"So I would say to the community of nations: Time is short," Kerry said. "Let's not spend time debating what we already know. Instead, we have to recognize that the world is watching to see whether we can avert military action and achieve, through peaceful means, even more than what those military strikes promised. The complete removal of Syria's chemical weapons is possible here, through peaceful means."

Kerry said the U.N. must show resolve in following through on the agreement Russia and the U.S. reached in Geneva for Syria to give up its chemical weapons. He said the goal must be accomplished as quickly as possible.

"We need everyone's help in order to see that the Security Council lives up to its founding values and passes a binding resolution that codifies the strongest possible mechanism to achieve the goal and to achieve it rapidly," Kerry said. "We need to make the Geneva agreement meaningful and to make it meaningful in order to eliminate Syria's CW program and to do it with transparency and with the accountability, the full accountability that is demanded here."