Defense Official Says U.S. Will Continue to Lead in Chemical Weapons Disarmament

The Defense Department remains committed to upholding global norms against the use of chemical weapons after fulfilling its decades-long pledge to destroy the last vestiges of the United States’ noxious ammunition stockpile, a top Pentagon official said today.

“It’s hard to overstate the importance of the milestone we achieved in July. One hundred percent of the world’s declared chemical weapons have now been relegated to the ash heap of history” said Kingston A. Reif, deputy assistant secretary of defense for threat reduction and arms control.

In July, disposal experts destroyed the last remaining M55 rocket filled with deadly Sarin nerve agent […]

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