Annan calls on governments to destroy ‘cruel and inhumane’ chemical weapons

Describing chemical weapons as “cruel and inhumane,” United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on all States to accede to the global convention banning these arms, as the treaty approaches its 10-year anniversary.

DPR Korea, Middle East nations urged to join UN-affiliated body on chemical weapons

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and key countries in the Middle East – Egypt, Israel, Lebanon and Syria – form a “hard core” of nations that are resisting any moves towards joining the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the head of the United Nations-affiliated body said today.