U.K. to burn Syrian chemical arms


Britain will help the international mission to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, officials announced Friday, joining a complex operation with prominent roles for the U.S., Denmark and Norway.

The British Foreign Office said it has agreed to destroy 150 tons of two industrial-grade chemicals from Syria’s arsenal at a commercial facility. The chemicals, used in the pharmaceutical industry, will be shipped to Britain before being transferred to a commercial site to be incinerated and destroyed, it said in a statement.

The commitment adds another layer to the complicated and unprecedented operation to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons after their confirmed use in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta on Aug. 21. The United States claims the attack killed about 1,400 people.

The Foreign Office said the two chemicals will be removed from Syria separately, sealed in standard industrial containers to international standards and under the supervision of chemical weapons watchdogs.