Russia on Saturday urged the international community to take pragmatic steps to destroy Syrian chemical weapons after a unanimously approved a UN Security Council resolution.
The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on Friday that demands the eradication of Syria's chemical weapons but does not threaten automatic punitive action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government if it does not comply.
The world's chemical weapons watchdog approved an ambitious and risky accelerated plan to rid Syria of its chemical arsenal at a late night meeting Friday.
Iran resumed payments on old loans to the World Bank, the bank said on Friday, just as the country held the highest level conversation with the United States in more than three decades.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday urged the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution on Syria's chemical weapons as soon as possible, calling for an expedited progress to bring a political resolution to the Syria crisis.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday that China hoped to see an early launch of international verification and destruction of the Syrian chemical weapons and an early end to the Syrian crisis.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday called for a package deal on Iran's nuclear issue through dialogues.
The global chemical weapons watchdog has scheduled a meeting to approve a US-Russian brokered plan to rapidly verify, secure and then destroy Syria's arsenal of poison gas and nerve agents.
Russia and the United States agreed late Thursday on a UN Security Council draft resolution to eliminate chemical weapons from Syria.
Russia is ready to safeguard the sites for destroying Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, a senior Russian diplomat said on Thursday.
Thousands of Syrian rebels have broken with the Western-backed coalition to form a new Islamist force that may pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but also undermine the West's hopes of putting its own allies in his place.
The Iranian president's first speech to world leaders was absent of anti-Israel rhetoric and offered negotiations with the United States and its allies over the disputed nuclear program.