Feb 16, 2016

Islamic State suspected in August mustard gas attack in Iraq

Mustard gas was used in two attacks in Iraq near the Kurdish capital of Irbil in August, sources close to the world’s chemical watchdog said on Monday. “The results of some sampling have confirmed the use of mustard gas,” one source said, asking to ...

Mar 3, 2015

Watchdog: Two Syrian chemical weapons facilities destroyed

The global chemical weapons watchdog said in a new report that it has destroyed two Syrian chemical weapons facilities and expects the destruction of all 12 facilities to be completed this summer. Ahmet Uzumcu, head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, ...

Jan 20, 2015

Syria starts razing chemical weapons sites: watchdog

Syria has begun destroying its remaining chemical weapons production sites, despite being hampered by bad weather and logistical problems, the world’s chemical watchdog said Monday. “Destruction operations commenced in December,” Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) spokesman Peter Sawczak told AFP in ...

Japan's aid to chemical arms watchdog lauded

Dec 10, 2013

Japan's aid to chemical arms watchdog lauded

Ichiro Akiyama, a former Ground Self-Defense Force officer, said Monday that Japanese have made important contributions to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which was named this year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Akiyama, the first director of the Inspectorate Division ...

Oct 29, 2013

Nobel Peace Prize sends messages

In choosing this year's Peace Prize recipient, the Nobel Committee hoped to accelerate global efforts to eliminate chemical weapons, which are relatively cheap and easy to produce.