chemical weapon


Definition of chemical weapon 

: a weapon (such as mustard gas or sarin) used in chemical warfare

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That conclusion was supported by further testing by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the international body that monitors compliance with a chemical weapons ban treaty. New York Times, "Britain Suggests Russia Is Behind Latest Nerve Agent Case," 9 July 2018 The Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons against rebel groups and civilians in its seven-year war has drawn international condemnation and prompted U.S. missile strikes against suspected chemical stocks. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "North Korean Ex-Diplomat Says Blackmail Is Part of Regime’s Playbook," 8 July 2018 Eager to prove himself to his wily Mossad boss Miki (John Hurt), Ari volunteers for a dangerous job behind enemy lines, with the aim of smuggling a chemicals weapons scientist and his family out of Syria. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Damascus Cover': Film Review," 4 July 2018 Obama avoided getting involved in the Syrian war, and even partnered with Russia in a deal to eliminate Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons arsenal. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "Upcoming Trump-Putin summit gives Russians hope for US thaw," 3 July 2018 North Korea is known to have hundreds of facilities related to the development of nuclear and chemical weapons, and advanced missile systems. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Pompeo Tries to Clean Up Trump’s Messy Claims About North Korea Summit," 14 June 2018 Not a single radio host accepts that Assad was behind that the recent chemical weapon attacks in Syria, either. Caroline Lester, The New Republic, "The CIA Spy Who Became a Russian Propagandist," 14 May 2018 The 22-page memo from the Office of Legal Counsel says the president acted within his legal authority as commander-in-chief to protect vital national interests — stopping the spread of chemical weapons and preventing a humanitarian catastrophe. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "Trump lawyers: Syria missile strikes were legal because they weren't 'war'," 1 June 2018 Nerve agents such as sarin or VX have been the main components of chemical weapons for 60 years and, for obvious reasons, are closely controlled substances. Owen Matthews, Newsweek, "Has Vladimir Putin Lost Control of Russia’s Assassins?," 12 Mar. 2018

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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