US offers to destroy Syrian chemical arms at sea | Republika Online

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US offers to destroy Syrian arms at sea

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, WASHINGTON Destroying Syria’s deadliest weapons on land would with vexing diplomatic and problems as well as environmental To avoid those potential US officials say, the Obama is exploring the use of a government-owned ship to out the disposal in international waters.

Under a plan yet to be approved, the would be transported to the MV Cape Ray in the Sea. The nearly 700-foot ship, based in Portsmouth, and owned by the Transportation Department’s Administration, would be outfitted a special system to neutralize the material. US warships would an escort and security.

The decision to with the chemical disposal at sea would be made by the Organization for the of Chemical Weapons, a global weapons watchdog agency 190 member states. In a statement in the Netherlands, the watchdog agency the effort to ship Syria’s arsenal out of the country continues to challenges due to the security situation

on the ground.

No country has committed to disposing of the weapons on its own soil, which is why the offer to destroy the deadliest of the components at sea is seen as a likely The U.S. officials who disclosed of the US portion of the plan spoke on of anonymity because they not authorized to talk about it by

Jonathan Lalley, a spokesman for the National Security Council, that no decision had been regarding destroying the chemical outside of Syria.

We and our international are pursuing alternative means of and we will continue discussing other countries how they best contribute to that Lalley said in an emailed We remain confident that we complete elimination of the program the milestones agreed upon.

The Obama administration has turned to waters when land-based proved problematic. The Navy al-Qaida leader Osama bin at sea to avoid his tomb becoming an for extremists. The government has questioned suspects aboard Navy since the CIA closed its secret overseas and President Barack has refused to send more to the detention center at the US base at Bay, Cuba.

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