chemical weapon


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chemical weapon

n.
A chemical agent or toxin, such as mustard gas, lewisite, or sarin, that has been prepared for release on the battlefield or within a civilian population in sufficient concentration to cause widespread illness or death.

chemical weapon

Together or separately, (a) a toxic chemical and its precursors, except when intended for a purpose not prohibited under the Chemical Weapons Convention; (b) a munition or device, specifically designed to cause death or other harm through toxic properties of those chemicals specified in (a), above, which would be released as a result of the employment of such munition or device; (c) any equipment specifically designed for use directly in connection with the employment of munitions or devices specified in (b), above. See also chemical agent; chemical defense; chemical dose; chemical environment; chemical warfare; riot control agent.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chemical weapon - chemical substances that can be delivered using munitions and dispersal devices to cause death or severe harm to people and animals and plants
chemical bomb, gas bomb - a bomb laden with chemical agents that are released when the bomb explodes
pepper spray - a nonlethal aerosol spray made with the pepper derivative oleoresin capiscum; used to cause temporary blindness and incapacitate an attacker; also used as a bear deterrent
W.M.D., weapon of mass destruction, WMD - a weapon that kills or injures civilian as well as military personnel (nuclear and chemical and biological weapons)
poison gas - a gas that is poisonous to breath or contact; used in chemical warfare
lachrymator, lacrimator, tear gas, teargas - a gas that makes the eyes fill with tears but does not damage them; used in dispersing crowds
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PARIS, Feb 14 (KUNA) -- France, which has threatened to strike the Syrian military in case of proven WMD use, said on Wednesday that while chlorine is not classified legally as a chemical weapon it becomes one if diverted and used for military purposes.
The CWC, a treaty ratified by the United States in 1997 and implemented by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, requires destruction of all chemical weapons and former chemical weapon production facilities.
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Why did a chemical weapon receive as much attention as the victims themselves in the three-year civil war in which, depending on the source, at least 100,000 and perhaps more than 130,000 people have died' and upwards of one-third of the prewar population has been displaced?
A mechanism that obliges every one of the Convention's 190 Member States, without discrimination, to destroy its chemical weapon stocks and production facilities--and to lay bare, through inspection, any industrial facilities that could be used for purposes prohibited by this treaty.
The announcement cames one day ahead of the November 1 deadline set by the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for Damascus to destroy or "render inoperable" all chemical weapon production facilities and machinery for mixing chemicals into poison gas and filling munitions.
11) Stating that "Damascus is enhancing its chemical weapon capability," the cable explains that the United States was imposing export controls on eight dual- use chemicals that "can be used .
North Korea's foreign ministry denied providing supplies for chemical weapons to Syria, days after U.
As new cases of the Assad regime using chemical weapons emerge, there are growing questions about whether Syria's actions and the lack of serious response by other countries are badly eroding the global consensus against chemical weapons - and perhaps damaging broader norms and institutions that underpin the international system.
The United States congratulates Libya for destroying the last remnants of its Qadhafi-era chemical weapons stockpile and satisfying its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention.
initiated draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to renew the investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif asked the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to thoroughly investigate and verify allegations that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhoun.

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