Corker, Menendez issue statements on U.N. Syrian resolution

U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) issued statements on Friday following the draft resolution in the U.N. Security Council regarding Syria's chemical weapons program.

Corker, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he was highly skeptical of the resolution, given the resolution's lack of enforcement measures.

"While we all want a verifiable diplomatic solution to Syria's chemical weapons, the lack of enforcement measures makes me highly skeptical of Russia's willingness to impose real consequences on Syria for non-compliance," Corker said. "As Syria is given a chance to fulfill its obligations, it's important that we reinforce our broader national interests for stability in Syria and reassure our allies of U.S. resolve to counter other threats, especially from Iran."

Menendez, the committee's chairman, said it remains to be seen if Syria will completely cooperate with the efforts to destroy Syria's chemical weapons.

"The progress in New York regarding Syria's chemical weapons is a positive development, but there are serious questions that remain about Assad's commitment to this process," Menendez said. "We will see over the coming weeks and months whether Syria fully cooperates with international efforts to destroy its chemical weapons program - and whether Russia is serious about compelling them to do so. The potential for the use of force must remain on the table to ensure the elimination of all of Syria's chemical weapons and production facilities."

Menendez also said the U.S. must keep the ongoing crisis in Syria in mind, given the violence of Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime.

"The instability caused by the Assad regime within the country and throughout the region poses a threat to U.S. interests and regional security, stability, and prosperity," Menendez said. "The United States must redouble our efforts to change Assad's calculus and create the conditions for a negotiated solution and Assad's departure."