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WATCH: Obama To Address Nation Tuesday Night

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A White House official says President Barack Obama has agreed to discussions at the United Nations Security Council on a proposal from Russia to secure Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles. A White House official says President Barack Obama has agreed to discussions at the United Nations Security Council on a proposal from Russia to secure Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles.
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Obama to address nation Tuesday night

President Obama will speak directly to a skeptical American public with a prime time address from the White House Tuesday night.

It is expected to start at 9 p.m.  You can watch the speech on 7 On Your Side or online by clicking here.

Obama looks to diplomacy, with military action as a fallback option

It's now a two-track strategy on Syria for President Barack Obama and his allies in Congress.

With Syria saying it supports a proposal that it give up control of its chemical weapons stockpiles, Obama is joining a call for the U.N. Security Council to begin talks aimed at securing those weapons.

But at the same time, he's continuing to push the fallback idea of U.S. airstrikes against Bashar Assad's regime, in case that effort fails.

A bipartisan group of senators is seizing on that new strategy -- putting together a reworked congressional resolution calling for a U.N team to remove the chemical weapons by a set deadline. It authorizes military action if that doesn't happen.

Obama is discussing the diplomatic and military options today with Democratic and Republican senators who are growing increasingly wary of U.S. military intervention. And he's planning to address the American people from the White House tonight.

This morning, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell became the first congressional leader to come out against authorizing military strikes. He said there are "too many unanswered questions about our long-term strategy in Syria."

Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers that the plan for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons must not be used as a delaying tactic. And he said it has to be verifiable.

Syria says it accepted Russian weapons proposal

Syria says it has accepted Russia's proposal to place its chemical weapons under international control for subsequent dismantling.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Tuesday after meeting with Russian parliament speaker that his government quickly agreed to the Russian initiative to "derail the U.S. aggression."

Meanwhile, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russia is now working with Syria to prepare a detailed plan of action, which will be presented shortly.

Lavrov said that Russia will then be ready to finalize the plan together with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

President Barack Obama said Monday the Russian proposal could be "potentially a significant breakthrough," but he remained skeptical that Syria would follow through.

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