chemical weapon

noun

Definition of chemical weapon 

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

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Videos taken by journalists at the scene capture adults and barefoot children in diapers running and screaming after being exposed to the chemical weapon. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is Exactly How Tear Gas Affects Your Body," 26 Nov. 2018 But unlike the Skripals, Rowley and Sturgess probably weren’t the victims of a targeted attack with the chemical weapon, the BBC reports. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Novichok nerve agent strikes two new victims in the UK," 4 July 2018 The principles would require North Korea to denuclearize and get rid of all biological and chemical weapons, end production and enrichment of nuclear materials, scrap its ballistic missile program and allow robust inspections. Ted Barrett, CNN, "Democrats warn Trump on North Korea deal," 4 June 2018 Kim would try to level the playing field by using his vast arsenal of chemical weapons, which is believed to be the biggest and most technologically advanced in the world. Alex Ward, Vox, "The Trump-Kim summit is canceled," 24 May 2018 On April 14, the Trump administration joined the United Kingdom and France in launching missiles to destroy sites linked to the Syrian government's chemical weapons, further roiling the country. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, "3 Louisiana congressmen back Syrian missile strikes and refugee ban," 24 Apr. 2018 Asked about Assad's use of chemical weapons, which led to a second U.S. airstrike in Syria earlier this month, Zarif countered that U.S. troops are illegally in Syria, while both Iran and Russia were invited there by the Assad government. Karen Deyoung, chicagotribune.com, "Iran's foreign minister warns nation will restart 'nuclear activities' if U.S. withdraws from accord," 22 Apr. 2018 So did some liberals, who applauded the airstrikes as a way to stop the horrors of chemical weapons, which have become a grim feature of the Syrian civil war. Cathleen Decker, latimes.com, "As U.S. attacks Syria, Congress looks on cautiously and hopes for a quick conclusion," 14 Apr. 2018 In the past few years, the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in the civil war that has ravaged the country. Abigail Higgins, Vox, "10 ways the world is most likely to end, explained by scientists," 18 Oct. 2018

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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