U.S. ship to join Syrian chemical weapons disposal operation

Nov. 30, 2013 at 10:38 AM

LONDON, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Some of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal will be neutralized aboard a U.S. military ship, the organization overseeing the disposal operation said.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said the chemicals would be basically diluted with other chemicals aboard the ship, which the BBC said Saturday was believed to be the Cape Ray, a civilian-manned military cargo transport owned by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The operation would take place in the Mediterranean Sea and would be completed by the end of the year.

It has not been confirmed by the OPCW that the Cape Ray would take part in the chemical-disposal operation, but the BBC said the ship was undergoing modifications for the mission.

Experts don't consider the operation to be particularly risky even though some nations have refused to allow the Syrian weapons to be shipped into their territory.

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