**Kerry, Lavrov to Work Out Plan for Syria's Chemical Weapons**
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are meeting Thursday in Geneva to work on Russia's plan to end the threat posed by Syria's chemical weapons.
Neither Kerry nor Lavrov have given any details of the proposal. It involves President Bashar al-Assad's government giving up all of its chemical weapons to the United Nations to have them destroyed. At the same time, the United States would set aside plans for a military strike.
Ahead of the meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed in a New York Times opinion piece the need to work through the United Nations and not conduct unilateral military action in Syria.
President Barack Obama has blamed Syrian forces for using poison gas against civilians last month near Damascus. He says U.S. ships in the Mediterranean region are holding their current positions, to keep pressure on the Syrians to live up to any agreement.
Kerry has said reaching any agreement to remove the chemical-weapons threat in Syria will be "exceedingly difficult."
**NKorea Nuke Reactor Likely Restarted: Group**
A Washington-based research group says North Korea has likely restarted a plutonium reactor, possibly making good on a pledge to expand its nuclear weapons program.
The U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University based its conclusion on recent satellite photos that appear to show white steam emerging from a building near the reactor at the North's main Yongbyon nuclear complex.
The reactor was shut down in 2007 under an aid-for-disarmament deal. But in April, Pyongyang warned it would restart all operations at Yongbyon to boost its nuclear force in both "quantity and quality."
The institute's researchers say the color and the volume of the white steam seen emerging from the building in the August 31 commercial satellite photos suggest the reactor has been put back into operation.
South Korean officials say they are still working to find out if the reactor has been restarted.