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U.K. to help destroy Syria's chemical weapons

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 20, 2013 at 9:28 a.m.


Workers unload equipment from the MV Cape Ray part of the U.S. maritime reserve fleet in Portsmouth, Va., on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. The bulk of Syria’s chemical weapons stocks could be destroyed early next year inside the specially modified hold of the ship somewhere at sea.

LONDON — Britain's Foreign Office said Friday that it will help the international mission to destroy Syria's chemical weapons program.

The U.S., Russia, China, Denmark, Norway and Finland are already committed to the mission.

The U.K. said has agreed to destroy 150 tons of industrial-grade chemicals from Syria's stockpile at a commercial facility.

The Foreign Office said the chemicals will be shipped to the U.K. before being transferred to a commercial site to be incinerated and destroyed.

It added that it will give specialist equipment — to help transport chemicals — to the U.S. to help with the destruction at sea of some of the most toxic chemical weapons and also provide a ship to help ensure the safety and security of Danish and Norwegian cargo vessels removing Syria's stockpile.


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