All Syria chemical weapons placed under seal: watchdog

AFP-JIJI

International inspectors have placed Syria’s entire declared stock of over 1,000 tons of chemical weapons and agents under tamper-proof seal, the world’s chemical watchdog said Thursday.

“All stocks of chemical weapons and agents have been placed under seals that are impossible to break,” Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) spokesman Christian Chartier said, adding that the seals were “tamper proof.”

“These are 1,000 tons of chemical agents (which can be used to make weapons) and 290 tons of chemical weapons,” Chartier said.

OPCW and U.N. inspectors have until mid-2014 to destroy Syria’s entire chemical arsenal and production facilities under the terms of a U.S.-Russian deal to head off military strikes on President Bashar Assad’s regime.

“The weapons and agents remain at their respective sites, we’re not yet at the stage of moving them,” Chartier said.

Syria is cooperating with the disarmament operation and has already said it had approximately 1,290 tons of chemical weapons and agents as well as 1,230 unfilled chemical munitions, meaning shells, rockets or mortars.