Report: US, Russia find Syrian chemical arms can be destroyed in 9 months

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September 27, 2013 07:50

 
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Syria's chemical weapons stockpile can be destroyed in nine months time, The Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing a confidential assessment by US and Russian officials.

According to the report, the majority of Syria's toxins are "unweaponized liquid precursors" that can be neutralized in a relatively short amount of time.

Russia and the US compared data on Syria's chemical arsenal in meetings in Geneva this month, the Post reported.

Destroying the separate liquid components of sarin gas is easier than neutralizing composed sarin or warheads loaded with the substance, the Post quoted experts as saying.

“If the vast majority of it consists of precursors in bulk form, that is very good news...Now you’re dealing with tanks of chemicals that are corrosive and dangerous, but not nerve agents. And the destruction processes for those chemicals are well in hand," the paper quoted an expert as saying.

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