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US slams Iran and Russia for chemical weapons programs
Kurdistan 24 (K24) News ^ | 11-24-18 (11 hours ago, updated 7 hours ago) | Laurie Mylroie

Posted on 11/24/2018 11:42:45 AM PST by Texas Fossil

WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan24) – Amb. Kenneth Ward strongly criticized Iran and Russia on Thursday for maintaining chemical weapons programs, in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention to which they are both signatories.

Ward, the US Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), addressing that organization, cited Iran and Russia for their own chemical weapons programs. He also criticized their support for Damascus, which, he said, is “enabling Syria’s chemical weapons use by shielding the Assad regime from consequences in international fora.”

Turning to Iran, Ward explained that the US “has had longstanding concerns that [it] maintains a chemical weapons program that it [has] failed to declare to the OPCW,” including a facility for filling munitions with chemical weapons.

After 2011, when Col. Muammar Qaddafi was ousted as ruler of Libya, it was learned that Tehran had earlier provided chemical weapons to Tripoli.

Libya’s post-Qaddafi government discovered “chemical-filled artillery projectiles and aerial bombs that Iran transferred to Libya,” Ward told the OPCW.

Qaddafi was supposed to have declared and destroyed all of Libya’s chemical weapons. On December 19, 2003, he made a surprise announcement that he was ready to relinquish all elements of his proscribed Weapons of Mass Destruction programs. His declaration followed, by a mere six days, the capture of Saddam Hussein by US forces, who discovered the ousted Iraqi dictator hiding in a hole in the village of al-Dawr, just outside of Tikrit.

Libya’s chemical weapons program, as declared by the regime in 2004, was huge. It acknowledged having produced over 24 metric tons of mustard gas and being in possession of nearly 1,400 metric tons of sarin gas precursors, along with 3,600 unloaded chemical weapons munitions.

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Well known author is based in DC, but has long written about the Middle East and particularly the KRG region in Iraq.

She is right, we should take this serious.

1 posted on 11/24/2018 11:42:45 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil

The Pentagon jumped the shark with the Russia and Iran propaganda a long time ago.

Maybe there is something to the story and maybe there isn’t. From the Gulf of Tonkin to Syrian chemical poisoning, time and time again we find out that at best there is no real proof, or worst a lie.

At this point anything Laurie Mylroie says is taken with a grain of salt.

2 posted on 11/24/2018 11:58:33 AM PST by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: MichaelCorleone

Right or wrong, here is recent discussion. I’m not qualified to assess this.

Russia warns of split in chemical arms body

Russian challenge to chemical weapons watchdog rejected

3 posted on 11/24/2018 12:26:13 PM PST by Texas Fossil ((Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!))
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...Syria’s chemical weapons use...

Oh that’s a fact now? Where’s the evidence then.

4 posted on 11/24/2018 12:51:50 PM PST by McGruff
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To: McGruff

Well, it has always been a fact.

The question was, who committed the crime.

My N. Syria friends suspected Nusra and Al Sham. I’d trust them to be correct.

It is possible that Assad did also. Israel says they did.

Specific incidents? Debatable.

5 posted on 11/24/2018 1:03:03 PM PST by Texas Fossil ((Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!))
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Is this thier evidence?

Bomb must have flew right in the window and landed on the bed. But those White Helmet's would't lie, would they.

6 posted on 11/24/2018 1:14:02 PM PST by McGruff
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Why would either pay attention to a treaty.

7 posted on 11/25/2018 6:12:52 AM PST by SJackson (The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself)
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To: McGruff

Judging by the debris under it, it came through the ceiling.

8 posted on 11/30/2018 1:08:09 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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