President Barack Obama said a military strike in Syria would "absolutely" be on hold if the country agreed to abandon their chemical weapons.
Obama called the idea that Syrian President Bashar Assad could resolve the crisis surrounding his use of chemical weapons by turning over his arsenal over to the international community by the end of the week a "modestly positive development" in an interview with Diane Sawyer.
"Let's see if we can come up with language that avoids a strike but accomplishes our key goals to make sure that these chemical weapons are not used," Obama said.
Despite the idea, Obama said he's not ready to give up on the threat of military action.
"I don't think we would have gotten to this point unless we had maintained a credible possibility for a military strike and I don't think now is the time for us to let up on that," Obama said.
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This story has been updated with more quotes from Obama.