chemical weapon


Definition of chemical weapon

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

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Within hours the British authorities determined the pair had been exposed to a deadly chemical weapon. Elisabeth Braw, WSJ, "How the British Hit Back Against Russian Agitprop," 11 Mar. 2019 The decision on Monday, which was denounced by the Kremlin, is the first time the EU has imposed sanctions under its new chemical weapons response regime, which is part of a broader EU effort to stave off hybrid threats from Russia and beyond. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "EU Approves Sanctions on Novichok Poisoning Suspects," 21 Jan. 2019 And some, including the Trump administration, fear Assad’s troops may use chemical weapons on these innocent bystanders. Alex Ward, Vox, "Turkey’s last-ditch effort to stop mass slaughter in Syria just failed," 7 Sep. 2018 Massie, who represents Northern Kentucky, has been a more outspoken opponent of U.S. intervention in Syria and has questioned whether Assad used chemical weapons. Carl Weiser,, "Two local Republican Congressmen question Trump's authority to strike Syria," 14 Apr. 2018 In reference to a warning by President Emmanuel Macron last month that France would strike unilaterally if Syria used chemical weapons again, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that the nation would assume its responsibilities. The Washington Post,, "Military strike against Syria likely after suspected chemical attack," 8 Apr. 2018 National security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked their Russian counterparts to ensure that no chemical weapons were used in Idlib, U.S. officials said. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "U.S. Says Syria Plans Gas Attack in Rebel Stronghold," 9 Sep. 2018 Zarif on Saturday said that independent tests are necessary to determine if chemical weapons were used in Syria, and if so who was responsible. NBC News, "Iran's foreign minister says resuming nuke program on table if U.S. scuttles deal," 22 Apr. 2018 The Syrian government and its Russian and Iranian allies have denied that any chemical weapons were used. Ben Hubbard,, "Gunmen Shot at U.N. Team Near Site of Reported Chemical Attack, Official Says," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of chemical weapon

1920, in the meaning defined above

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