The Convention came into being following prolonged efforts by the international community to introduce a supplementary instrument to the Geneva Protocol
of 1925, which only prohibits the use of toxic and biological weaponry, as opposed to its possession or development.
The Geneva Protocol
is a treaty prohibiting the use of chemical and biological weapons in international armed conflicts.
Guaido also brought attention to the destruction of aid by the "usurping regime" and stated, "We continue to receive the support of the international community, which has seen, with its own eyes, how the usurping regime violates the Geneva Protocol
, where it is clearly stated that destroying humanitarian aid is a crime against humanity," in Spanish on Saturday.
"Moreover, the United States is practically the only country to keep in place the reservation to the 1925 Geneva Protocol
providing for a possible retaliatory use of chemical weapons."
The North is also believed to operate a large chemical weapons program, although it has joined the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) and Geneva Protocol
, meaning it may maintain an offensive biological weapons program.
Several agreements are in place, including the Geneva Protocol
and the Chemical Weapons Convention, that prohibit the use of chemical and biological weapons.
Although North Korea is party to both the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention and the Geneva Protocol
, it is suspected of maintaining an ongoing biological weapons program.
In the war's aftermath, the Geneva Protocol
of 1925 banned chemical warfare but not chemical weapons.
Pershing offered a public clarification of his position on chemical warfare in 1926, during the US Senate debates surrounding the Geneva Protocol
. Representatives from the United States and several other nations at a Geneva conference on regulating the international arms trade enthusiastically agreed to the Protocol, prohibiting the future use of chemical weapons, on 17 June 1925, but the treaty was not considered binding for the United States until ratified by the Senate.
In 1925, 16 major nations signed the Geneva Protocol
pledging never to use gas in warfare again.
(The Russians claim that our use of CW in Northern Ireland contravened the Geneva Protocol
)," the paper said.