After the announcement that the U.N. Security Council agreed to a resolution to rid Syria of its chemical weapons, The Washington Post reported that U.S. and Russian officials believe that the majority of the country’s stockpile exists in an “unweaponized” form that can be destroyed quickly.

The Washington Post reports:

A confidential assessment by the two governments also concludes that Syria’s entire arsenal could be destroyed in about nine months, assuming that Syrian officials honor promises to surrender control of its chemical assets to international inspectors, according to two people briefed on the analysis.

The final version of the U.N. deal will be discussed by the full 15-member Security Council on Thursday night. The draft does not direct specific blame for the Aug. 21 attacks that killed hundreds of Syrians outside Damascus by asphyxiation. Russian officials led by President Vladimir Putin have repeatedly said they believe the Syrian rebels executed the attack.

— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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