The global chemical weapons watchdog is calling for inspections of Syria’s chemical arsenal to begin by Tuesday.
The draft decision of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons obtained by The Associated Press also authorizes the body to inspect “any other site identified by a State Party as having been involved in the Syrian chemical weapons program, unless deemed unwarranted by the Director-General.”
That goes beyond usual practice as the organization only inspects sites that have been declared by member states.
The draft, being discussed by the organization’s executive council Friday night, calls for the destruction of all Syria’s chemical weapons and equipment to be completed by “the first half of 2014.”
Iran, UN agency discuss restarting nuke probe
Iranian and U.N. officials are discussing whether to resume inspections meant to determine whether Tehran worked on atomic arms, in a test of pledges by Iran’s new president to reduce nuclear tensions.
Iranian envoy Reza Najafi says in Vienna that it would be unrealistic to expect that “in just one day of meeting we can solve our problems.” Herman Nackaerts of the U.N.’s nuclear agency also says only that he hopes the meeting can “intensify the dialogue.”
The two spoke Friday ahead of talks aimed at ending a nearly two-year stalemate. The U.N. agency wants access to a site it suspects was used to test conventional explosive triggers meant to set off a nuclear blast.
Iran denies working on, or interest in, nuclear arms.