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reply to post by abdel
Thats a step in the right direction.
Iran has also signed the non-proliferation treaty.
Now if we could only get israel to sign.
I guess only the special nations get to have chemical and nuclear weapons.edit on 13-9-2013 by gladtobehere because: (no reason given)
...In 1997 the US agreed to decommission the 31,000 tonnes of sarin, VX,mustard gas and other agents it possessed within 10 years.
In 2007 it requested the maximum extension of the deadline permitted by the Chemical Weapons Convention – five years.
Again it failed to keep its promise, and in 2012 it claimed they would be gone by 2021.
Russia yesterday urged Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control.
Perhaps it should press the US to do the same.
...Looming over all this is the great unmentionable: the cover the US provides for Israel's weapons of mass destruction. It's not just that Israel – which refuses to ratify the Chemical Weapons Convention – has used white phosphorus as a weapon in Gaza (when deployed against people, phosphorus meets the convention's definition of "any chemical which through its chemical action on life processes can cause death, temporary incapacitation or permanent harm").
It's also that, as the Washington Post points out: "Syria's chemical weapons stockpile results from a never-acknowledged gentleman's agreement in the Middle East that as long as Israel had nuclear weapons, Syria's pursuit of chemical weapons would not attract much public acknowledgement or criticism." Israel has developed its nuclear arsenal in defiance of the non-proliferation treaty, and the US supports it in defiance of its own law, which forbids the disbursement of aid to a country with unauthorised weapons of mass destruction.