Syria’s government will try to move the most lethal components of its chemical weapons program to a port city by the end of the year, and the U.S. has offered to pick up and destroy the hazardous material at an offshore facility. The weapons are to be removed from Syria by Dec. 31. The weapons and chemicals “will not be (destroyed) in Syrian territorial waters.” The OPCW was given the responsibility of overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal under an agreement reached between the U.S. and Syrian ally Russia on Sept. 14. Since then, the OPCW has been scrambling to meet ambitious deadlines for disarming and destroying Syria’s estimated 1,300-ton arsenal, which includes mustard gas and some precursor materials for sarin. An initial plan to destroy chemicals and weapons in a third country was rejected after no nation was willing to accept the hazardous waste. The possibility of destroying chemicals and weapons in Syria itself was rejected as unworkable amid the country’s civil war. The weapons and chemicals “will not be (destroyed) in Syrian territorial waters,” Kaag said at a news conference in Damascus. How nice, they manufactured them and now the USA will ruin the Mediterranean Ocean ecological system...
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