Talking tough, Kerry rejects Syria's offer on chemical weapons in opening meeting with Russia

  • by: MATTHEW LEE , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 12, 2013 - 6:40 PM

GENEVA — Striking a tough tone, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opened swiftly convened talks with Russia on Syria's chemical weapons Thursday by bluntly rejecting a Syrian pledge to begin a "standard process" by turning over information rather than weapons — and nothing immediately.

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