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Syria capacity to produce sarin 'destroyed'

A handout picture taken on January 7, 2014 shows a Norwegian sailor on board a warship as it approaches the Syrian port of Lakakia during an operation to move chemical agents for destructionSyria’s stocks of a key chemical used to produce the deadly nerve agent sarin have been destroyed, the mission overseeing the destruction of its chemical arsenal said. “Now 7.2 percent of Syria’s chemical weapons material remains in country and awaits swift removal for onward destruction. Under a US-Russian deal negotiated last year, Syria signed up to the Chemical Weapons Convention and agreed to hand over its entire chemical weapons arsenal by June 30 of this year. Syria was not required to declare its stockpile of chlorine — a toxic but weak agent — as it is widely used for commercial and domestic purposes.

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