chemical weapons worldwide

Malaysia_Singapore_Locator.svg.png Malaysia is the peninsula coming down from Southeast Asia, with the independent Singapore at its southern tip.  The two are in a defense arrangement with UK, Australia and NZ.

VX, an organophosphate–considered the most potent of all nerve agents and rapidly acting, developed in the UK in the 1950s;  the United States had dumped at least 112 tonnes of VX into the Atlantic Ocean off the coasts of New York/New Jersey and Florida between 1969 and 1970, still neutralizing other stockpiles to date.  Russia may be destroying its VX stockpiles.

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In July 2012, the Syrian government publically acknowledged the existence of its chemical stockpile for the first time.  Syria is believed to possess hundreds of tons of mustard gas, blister agents, and nerve agents, which could include sarin and the agent VX.  Intelligence reports by the United States, the United Kingdom, and France assess that the Assad regime used chemical weapons against opposition forces on several occasions in 2013, including an attack in Damascus that killed over 1,400 people…..

Russia declared the largest stockpile (of chemical weapons) with 40,000 metric tons at seven arsenals in six regions of Russia.  The United States declared 28,577 metric tons at nine stockpiles in eight states and on Johnston Atoll west of Hawaii.  Albania and Libya declared the smallest stockpiles, with 16 and 23 metric tons respectively. India and South Korea declared stockpiles in the 2,000-metric-ton range, maintaining a high degree of secrecy around the size, location and composition of their weapons.  According to U.S. intelligence assessments, two non-parties to the CWC, Syria and North Korea, were long-suspected of possessing chemical weapons programs and stockpiles of agents.  https://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/Chemical-Weapons-Frequently-Asked-Questions/

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2-28-17   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/syria-sanctions-russia-china-veto-assad-chemical-attacks-vladimir-putin-a7604621.html

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Within a day, the combined jihadi forces had broken through the lines of the Syrian Army. Shortly after, Regiment 111 was fully under jihadi control. They found large stocks of weapons, ammunition and to their surprise, chemical agents.  They were, according to Abu Ahmad, mainly barrels filled with chlorine, sarin and mustard gas.

What followed was the distribution of the war spoils.  Everybody took some ammunition and weapons.  But only the Nusra Front seized the chemical weapons.  Abu Ahmad watched as the al Qaeda affiliate called in 10 large cargo trucks, loaded 15 containers with chlorine and sarin gas, and drove them away to an unknown destination.  He did not see what happened to the mustard gas.

Three months later, both the Syrian government and rebel groups reported an attack in Khan al-Assal, near Aleppo.  The international media said that 26 people had been killed, among them 16 regime soldiers and 10 civilians.  Both the Syrian regime and opposition claimed that chemical weapons had been used — and both accused the other of having carried out one of the first chemical weapons attacks in the Syrian war….Out of the blue, Abu al-Atheer, the man to whom Abu Ahmed had pledged loyalty — and who had in turn pledged loyalty directly to Baghdadi — told his own commanders that ISIS had twice used chemicals during attacks against the Syrian Army.  The announcement came during a normal conversation between Abu al-Atheer and his men; the ISIS commander told the story happily and proudly.     http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/08/17/how-the-islamic-state-seized-a-chemical-weapons-stockpile/

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China is widely reported to have active programs related to the development of chemical and biological weapons, although essentially no details of these programs have appeared in the open literature.

China is believed to have an advanced chemical warfare program that includes research and development, production and weaponization capabilities.  Its current inventory is believed to include the full range of traditional chemical agents . https://fas.org/nuke/guide/china/cbw/

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2-23-17  -Three of the four North Korean ministry of state security agents wanted in connection with the murder of Kim Jong Nam, seen as they caught a flight from Jakarta to Dubai on the evening of the attack. (Screen capture: CCTV footage)

hyon-kwang-song.jpg -“The N.K. Embassy 2nd secretary, Hyon Kwang Song, was caught on CCTV sending off the four North Korean suspects at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA),” the source said.  “He was there at KLIA together with a staff from Air Koryo on Feb 13.”     http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/north-korean-diplomat-allegedly-sent-off-kim-jong-nam-murder/3541734.html

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3-1-17   The latest North Korean attempt to break into the morgue and steal the body (of the VX-poisoning victim) is testament to Pyongyang’s determination to carry out the N.K. ministry of state security mission until the end.     http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?num=14389&cataId=nk00300

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