The U.S. Wants Approval to Explode Chemical Weapons from the Cold War-Era

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Global Security Newswire Staff
April 11, 2014, 7:50 a.m.

U.S. of­fi­cials are seek­ing per­mis­sion to blow up mus­tard blister agent mu­ni­tions in­side sealed con­tain­ers in Ken­tucky, the Lex­ing­ton Her­ald-Lead­er re­ports.

The mil­it­ary must ob­tain an al­ter­a­tion to its op­er­at­ing li­cense be­fore it can des­troy the mus­tard rounds by ex­plo­sion at the Blue Grass Army De­pot, the news­pa­per said on Thursday. The weapons con­tain con­gealed chem­ic­al agent that pre­cludes mech­an­ic­al dis­man­tle­ment as an op­tion for elim­in­at­ing them.

Of­fi­cials plan to ad­dress in­quir­ies and in­vite feed­back on the mus­tard-agent de­struc­tion plan at a pub­lic dis­cus­sion slated for Monday at East­ern Ken­tucky Uni­versity, ac­cord­ing to the Her­ald-Lead­er.

The United States has already elim­in­ated the bulk of its chem­ic­al ar­sen­al as a con­di­tion to its mem­ber­ship in the Chem­ic­al Weapons Con­ven­tion. Last month, de­pot per­son­nel began sep­ar­at­ing 44 pro­jectile en­gines from their nerve-agent war­heads us­ing spe­cially de­signed equip­ment, the Rich­mond Re­gister re­por­ted.

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