Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Monday became the first senior lawmaker to voice support for a Russian proposal for Syria to give control over its chemical weapons to international monitors.
â€śI think itâ€™s a very important proposal and I think it needs to get followed up very quickly,â€ť she told reporters Monday afternoon after reading news reports about it.
She noted that United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon and British Prime Minister David Cameron have already signaled support for the plan and suggested American officials should also take it under consideration.
â€śI think if the U.N. would accept the responsibility of maintaining these [chemical weapons] facilities, seeing that theyâ€™re secure and that Syria would announce that it is giving up any chemical weapons programs or delivery system vehicles that may have been armed, then I think weâ€™ve got something,â€ť she said.
Administration officials said Monday that they would review the proposal.
â€śWe would have to take a hard look," deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said on MSNBC. "Any transfer of chemical weapons to international control would be a positive development."
Another deputy national security adviser, Tony Blinken, said the Obama administrationÂ â€śwould welcome a decision and action by Syria to give up its chemical weapons."
But Blinken also expressed doubt that Syria would follow through.
A State Department official, Marie Harf, said the proposal was being treated with "serious skepticism."