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Updated: Tuesday, September 10 2013, 12:19 PM CDT
A possible breakthrough in the escalating tension between the U.S. and Syria.
President Obama has agreed to discussions at the United Nations security council on a proposal from Russia to secure Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles.
Tonight President Obama will try to convince a skeptical nation that a military strike on Syria must stay on the table.
But yesterday he opened the door to a Plan B.
"If Bashar al Assad yields control of his chemical weapons to international authority, is military strike on pause?" Diane Sawyer said.
"Asbolutely," Obama said.
Russia offered a plan yesterday where Syria would do just that, with Russian support.
In an interview yesterday with ABC's Diane Sawyer, President Obama said the threat of a U.S. military strike is what pushed them to this point.
"If we can resolve this without military conflict that is my great preference," Obama said.
Today reports that Syria's Foreign Minister said they accept the Russian plan in order to quote "stave off American aggression."
And Russia said it will soon announce a clear and concrete plan to secure Syria's weapons.
But the Obama administration is skeptical that Assad will come through.
"We'll wait but we're not waiting for long, nothing focuses a mind like the threat of a hanging," said Secretary of State John Kerry.
A new ABC news-Washington post poll found that nearly two-thirds of Americans oppose a strike against Syria.
And despite the diplomatic developments, the president's lobbying campaign for military action continues.
Today President Obama sits down on Capitol Hill with senate democrats and republicans.
But right now there isn't enough support in either the house or the senate.