The destruction of Syrian chemical weapons on board the US merchant vessel Cape Ray kicked off on Monday. That's according to Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren. There are approximately 600 metric tons of chemical agents loaded on the ship. The elimination of poisonous substances will be carried out in the Mediterranean Sea and is expected to take about 60 days. The exact terms will depend on weather and sea conditions.
A political analyst considers that the United States is responsible for ISIL Takfiri terrorists taking control of chemical weapons in Iraq as the US should have already destroyed the arms, Press TV reports. The United States is responsible for ISIL Takfiri terrorists taking control of chemical weapons in Iraq as the US should have already destroyed the arms, Press TV reports quoting the political analyst.
Russia is prepared to continue working on a UN Security Council draft humanitarian resolution on Syria proposed by Australia, Jordan and Luxembourg, but it cannot contain provisions opening the path toward using force against Damascus, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Australia, Jordan, and Luxembourg proposed at the end of May that a new UN Security Council resolution on Syria should be passed to improve the humanitarian situation in the country.
The Iraqi government has told the United Nations that militants have seized one of Saddam Hussein's former chemical weapons factories, confirming an earlier claim by Washington. In a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon dated July 1 and made public Tuesday, Baghdad's UN Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said "armed terrorist groups" entered the Muthanna project site on the night of June 11 after disarming the soldiers guarding it.
The process of chemical disarmament in Syria is finished, with Damascus having fulfilled all its liabilities to the international community, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Tuesday. "We think that Syria has completely fulfilled its liabilities, and what is yet left to be done is not that important in terms of reaching the ultimate goal of complete elimination of Syria's chemical arsenals," Gatilov said to Russian journalists.
The United Nations and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ joint mission in Syria has confirmed that two abandoned cylinders found in a rebel-controlled area contained lethal nerve gas, sarin, banned by the UN Chemical Weapons Convention.
The process of destruction of chemical weapons taken out of Syria kicked off on Monday on board the US merchant vessel Cape Ray, specially modified for such purposes, in the Mediterranean Sea, US Department of Defense spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren said Monday. Warren said the destruction of warfare poisonous agents will take about 60 days. The exact terms will also depend on weather conditions, he said.
A US ship carrying deadly material from Syria's chemical arsenal has left Italy in the final phases of the destruction of the weapons. The naval vessel is taking the cargo, including mustard gas and components of the nerve agents VX and sarin, to international waters where it is to be destroyed. The materials were transferred from a Danish vessel to the US ship earlier on Wednesday, at the port of Gioia Tauro.
A Danish ship carrying Syria's chemical weapons arsenal arrived in Italy where it will be transferred to a US cargo vessel Cape Ray that will destroy the toxic material. The ship, escorted by an Italian coast guard vessel and a helicopter, arrived to the Italian port of Gioia Tauro on Wednesday.
Self-defense fighters in Slavyansk, eastern Ukraine, claim that Ukrainian troops have once again used chemical weapons in their attacks on the town. "One self-defense fighter was hospitalized in a serious condition with chemical poisoning following artillery fire on a plant in Slavyansk," deputy commander of the Donetsk self-defense volunteer corps Igor Strelkov told reporters on Monday, June 30.
Russian ambassador to the Netherlands Roman Kolodkin has voiced hope that Ukraine will file a request to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for to send OPCW experts to participate in the probing of the recent tragic events in Odessa, the RIA Novosti news agency reports.
The main goal of the international effort to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal has been attained, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. "Russia welcomes the successful completion of the unprecedented, large-scale international operation to remove all components and precursors of chemical weapons from Syria," it said in a statement.
The last of Syria's declared chemical weapons have been shipped from the war-torn country and are en route for destruction at sea, the world's chemical weapons watchdog said on Monday. "As we speak, the ship (carrying the last chemicals) has just left the port (of Latakia)," Ahmet Uzumcu, head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said at a press conference in The Hague.
Sunni radicals in Iraq, who have overrun a swathe of territory north of Baghdad in a lightning offensive, have taken control of one of Saddam Hussein's former chemical weapons factories, a US official said Thursday.
The operation to remove chemical weapons from Syria is being protracted, there is one facility in the area of combat operations left, Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said.
Inspectors overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal have asked President Bashar al-Assad's government to clarify disparities in its original declaration on its cache of toxic gas, UN diplomats said on Wednesday. The envoys were citing remarks by Sigrid Kaag, head of the joint mission to Syria of the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, who was briefing the 15-nation UN Security Council.
Local militiamen have cautioned the Ukrainian Armed Forces against carrying out strikes against the city of Slavyansk's water purification facilities that use liquid chlorine in their operations. "We have to note that the city of Slavyansk has purification facilities that use liquid chlorine. And if the National Guard or the Ukrainian army starts to fire at them, a catastrophe will become inevitable," a militia spokesman has said, reaffirming the absence of any toxic agents in Slavyansk.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry confirmed that gunmen had attacked cars of six officials of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) mission, the Syrian Arab news agency Sana reported on Tuesday. Five Syrians and six OPCW officials were abducted. Earlier it was reported about the kidnapping of 11 OPCW officials. According to specified data from the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, militants have abducted six OPCW employees and five accompanying individuals.
The June 30 deadline for the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons is unlikely to be met, says UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. It is clear that the operation to destroy Syria's chemical weapons will continue after June 30, he said in a report to the UN Security Council. The Syrian chemical weapons program was to be have been completely dismantled by June 30.
Removal of Syrian chemical weapons is in full swing, Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters. He noted that some part of remaining eight percent of chemical stocks had already been withdrawn and this news report was hopeful. All these toxic agents will be delivered to US ship MV Cape Ray for further destruction.