BALI, Indonesia, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday hailed Syrian disarmament as a "terrific example" of global cooperation and agreed with Russia to push the United Nations for early peace talks in Geneva.
Speaking to media on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Bali Kerry praised both the international community and the Syrian regime.
"Disarmament is a terrific example of global cooperation," he noted responding to questions.
"I think it's also credit to the Assad regime for complying rapidly as they are supposed to," he said. "We hope that will continue."
"It's a good beginning and we should welcome a good beginning."
Syrians began destroying their country's chemical weapons program on Sunday, according to an international team tasked with overseeing the effort.
Kerry also said United States and Russia have agreed to press the United Nations to set a date for a Syria peace conference sometime in the second week of November, after talks with his Russian counterpart.
"We will urge a date to be set as soon as possible," Kerry told reporters at a joint news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Russia and the U.S. will now encourage Syria to bring its warring parties together for talks in Geneva, known as Geneva 2.
"We agreed again there is no military solution here and we share an interest in not having radical extremists on either side assuming a greater position in Syria, and that is why were- committed today very specific efforts to move the Geneva process as rapidly as possible."
The two sides also signed an agreement on nuclear risk reduction centers in Washington and Moscow, first created in 1987 to facilitate verification of arms control treaties and agreements.
Describing their meeting as "one of the most productive" the two top officials engaged in long discussions that also included upcoming talks with Iran to end its controversial nuclear program.
"The group of six put a proposal on the table at Almaty and I don't believe as of yet Iran has fully responded to that particular proposal. So I think we are waiting the fullness of the Iranian difference in their approach now."
"So what we need are a set of proposals from Iran that will fully disclose how they will show the world that their program is peaceful," Kerry added.