DOD Can't Meet Chemical Weapons Destruction Deadline, Asks for Extension

By Thomas Duffy / September 3, 2003 at 5:00 AM
The Defense Department cannot meet an April 29, 2004, deadline for destroying 45 percent of its chemical weapons stockpile as mandated by the Chemical Weapons Convention, so the Bush administration will request the deadline be extended until December 2007, DOD said today. Nearly 23 percent of the declared U.S. chemical weapons stockpile has been destroyed since the CWC became effective in April 1997, according to a DOD statement. "The U.S. chemical demilitarization program has had several delays due to unresolved...

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