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Syria meets deadline to destroy chemical weapons equipment

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 - 01:17

Oct. 31 - The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says Syria has destroyed all of its declared equipment for producing chemical weapons. Sarah Irwin reports.

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The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says Syria has destroyed all of its declared equipment for producing chemical weapons. Spokesman Michael Luhan: SOUNDBITE: Michael Luhan, Spokesman, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons "The Syrian government has completed what we call the 'functional destruction' of its entire chemical weapons-making apparatus and water mixing filling equipment for use for sarin gas, so it no longer has the capacity to manufacture new chemical weapons agents," The organization said its teams had inspected 21 out of 23 chemical weapons sites across the war-torn country. The other two were too dangerous to reach - but - reportedly - the chemical equipment had been moved to other sites already. Inspectors were sent to Syria after allegations the government used chemical weapons on its people - and the U.S. threatened to retaliate with force. Reaching this milestone means Syria has reached a major deadline in its ambitious disarmament program. The next deadline is November 15 - when Syria and the international inspectors must agree to a plan to destroy Syria's actual chemical weapons arsenal - believed to include more than 1000 tons of toxic agents and munitions.

Syria meets deadline to destroy chemical weapons equipment

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 - 01:17

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